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Marc-Andre Fleury's recovery from last year's playoff disaster will be the biggest story to watch this season.
For some reason, Marc-Andre Fleury is allergic to the playoffs.
After turning out dominant playoff performances in the team’s trips to the Stanley Cup Finals in both 2008 and 2009, Fleury has fallen off a cliff in recent years when the postseason rolls around.
In the last two regular seasons, Fleury’s had goals per game averages of 2.36 and 2.39 respectively.
When he entered the playoffs after both those seasons the averaged jumped up to 4.63 and 3.51.
Vokoun completely took over for Fleury early in last year’s playoff run, which had to come as a blow to the veteran’s confidence.
Now, without an experienced backup to lean on, the team is counting on him to come back and better than ever this season.
He’s played well in the team’s first two games, tallying a shutout in one and allowing just one score in the other, but it remains to be seen how he’ll hold up over the course of the season.
If he can dominate this season, then this squad will have no trouble winning the division.
If he struggles, then things will get much tougher and fans will be forced to count the days until Vokoun’s return.
For that reason, all eyes will be on Fleury in 2013.