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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Murray Sidelined "Week-to-Week"

Remember last year when the Penguins had an embarrassment of riches in net, with Marc-Andre Fleury and Matt Murray in net?  What fans wouldn't give for that this year.

Ignoring that Marc-Andre Fleury is currently sidelined in Las Vegas with a concussion, the Penguins goaltending all season has been "Outlook Not Good" on a shake of the Magic 8 Ball.

While Matt Murray has been steady, the hunt for a back up has been rough on the psyche of a fanbase that should be a lot more calm with back-to-back Cups in their pockets.  Instead the antics of Antti Niemi and the other shots (by Casey DeSmith and Tristan Jarry) at back up have been rough seas.

While Matt Murray provided a somewhat steady influence in net (with sparse few bad games) and the back up situation looking better in the more and more calm mitts of Jarry, things seemed to be settling in for a Penguins team looking for some steady hands.

Then came the Flyers.

In a play where Jakub Voracek rushed the net on a chance, an awkward collision occurred between he and Murray.  Murray, he of two Stanley Cups as a rookie, took the brunt end of the encounter and had to be helped off of the ice.

Twitter was afire with worry, concern, and anger after the incident as fans looked at it as serious as Murray needed help off of the ice.  Word came down today and while there is cause for worry, it isn't as bad as it could be.

Murray is listed as "week-to-week" with a lower body injury, with the time table expected to be between two to four weeks.  With both DeSmith (now formally called up) and Jarry seeing time in the NHL so far, and both looking capable of handling a load for a while, the Penguins situation may not be as good as Fleury/Murray had been but it's not as dire as it could be.

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