Matt Murray Out Indefinitely Following Father’s Death

Matt Murray
Penguins goalie Matt Murray during the first period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on December 16, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona.

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matthew Murray will be away from the team indefinitely after his father James Murray passed away yesterday. Matt Murray had been away from the team for a few days and ended up missing a couple games first before flying out with the team to California. He was in line to start tonight’s game against the Anaheim Ducks but has flown back to Ontario which means Tristan Jarry will start.

The Penguins official twitter account announced the news earlier today:

Matt Murray Out Indefinitely Following Father’s Death

So far this season, Murray is 15-12-1 in 31 games with a .903 save percentage. He last appeared on January 7th against the Bruins which was right before the bye week. He allowed no goals after coming in relief for Jarry who allowed five.

Taking over for Matt Murray for however long he needs will be Jarry who’s played very well since coming up from Wilkes-Barre Scranton. He’s 9-3-2 with a .923 save percentage and a 2.33 goals-against average so far. He most recently started both games of a back-to-back for the Penguins against the Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers. In both games, he only allowed three goals combined. He may have to do that again as Pittsburgh plays the Ducks tonight and then the Los Angeles Kings tomorrow night.

Backing Jarry up will be Casey Desmith from Wilkes-Barre as he’s been with the team for just about a week. He could get one of these games or the one against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night to end the California trip.


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