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If Marc-Andre Fleury can continue to play like he has been recently, then the return of Tomas Vokoun won't matter in the playoffs. The No. 1 goalie has been feeling it over the last few weeks and has even taken to making flashy saves on poor, unsuspecting rookies.
We've seen this from him before though, and there are still some concerns about his ability to perform when the pressure is high. The Penguins have an 18-point lead in the Metropolitan and are all but mathematically guaranteed a top-three seed in the Eastern Conference.
This isn't exactly pressure-packed hockey for Fleury.
At the end of February, Vokoun's agent Allan Walsh tweeted that his client had been cleared to participate in full practices with the Penguins. According to Brian Stubits of CBS Sports, the goalie is working to return to game action for Pittsburgh.
It's just a matter of whether or not the 37-year-old can get the reps needed to get into playoff shape after missing an entire season following an emergency procedure to dissolve a blood clot. Regardless of whether or not he would be needed as a fallback for Fleury, there's no doubt that he's an upgrade over Jeff Zatkoff.
Jonathan Willis penned a more extensive breakdown of how strong the tandem of Fleury and Vokoun is, and the Penguins are just a better team with the more high-quality insurance policy that the veteran provides.