The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without starting goaltender Matt Murray for a few weeks as head coach Mike Sullivan announced today that he’s week-to-week with a lower-body injury. The injury happened last night against the Philadelphia Flyers when Jakub Voracek slid into him on a breakaway. Murray’s leg looked like it bent a weird way and he couldn’t put any weight on his right skate as he left the ice.
Coach Sullivan on Murray: “Matt is week-to-week with a lower-body injury.” pic.twitter.com/1x4NoKj8O6
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) November 28, 2017
Matt Murray Week-to-Week With Lower Body Injury
Bob McKenzie of TSN reported before Mike Sullivan gave an update that it’ll likely be a two-to-four week injury:
Early indications, subject to refinement of course, but sounds like Matt Murray’s injury likely to be in the two-to-four week range. May get more specifics from PIT later today. https://t.co/BEHbgp6pUK
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) November 28, 2017
It’s an undesirable positive for the Penguins, as it could’ve been a lot worse for Murray. With Murray down, the Penguins will turn to Tristan Jarry as he’s looked stellar when playing just a few games. He allowed two goals in relief last night but before that, he had a great outing against the Lightning on Saturday. He stopped 33 of 35 shots which was good for a .943 save percentage and on top of it, earned his first NHL win. One of his saves that game ended up being this spectacular one:
folks, tristan jarry is going to be good pic.twitter.com/kdxh74lcBy
— ego (@EvgeniMaIkinEgo) November 26, 2017
Before Matt Murray went down, He was 11-7-1 in 19 games that he finished and has a .906 save percentage which is the lowest it’s been through his young career. Take out the Blackhawks game where he relieved Antti Niemi and gave up six goals, it looks a little better. Before he got injured last night, he stopped 20 of 22 shots which was good for a .909 save percentage.
It doesn’t seem like general manager Jim Rutherford will be acquiring a backup goaltender to Jarry for these next few weeks according to Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Asked GMJR if he feels he needs to add a veteran backup goalie: "Not necessarily. Obviously now we’ll keep a closer watch on it. It’s not something I’m trying to do right now."
— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) November 28, 2017
This means that Casey Desmith will be Jarry’s backup for the foreseeable future unless they make a move.
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