Murray Injury Is Last Thing Two-Time Champion Penguins Needed

Doug Upstone

Thursday, November 30, 2017 2:39 PM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 2:39 PM UTC

With starting goaltender Matt Murray listed as "week-to-week," not day-to-day, with injury, the Pittsburgh Penguins are caught in a tough spot and the real truth is there is no simple solution.

Forced to let Marc-Andre Fleury go in the expansion draft, the Pittsburgh Penguins officially made Matt Murray their top netminder and thought they had the answer for a backup in veteran Antti Niemi. But Niemi was terrible, losing all six starts and has a non-professional goals-against average of .797. That forced the Pens hand to bring up Tristan Jarry, whom they wanted to have a full season of seasoning in the minors.

With Pittsburgh 13-13 SU and -3.2 units as of this writing, it is not like it was a good choice for NHL picks this season anyway, ranked 30th in goal allowed, only ahead of a deplorable Arizona club. The Penguins might feel better about Jarry if the defense was more sound, but that has not been the case.

In a season where scoring is way up, Pittsburgh has been hovering around the 16th to 20th range. All season, the Pens have played like a team that has played from October until early June the past two years and frequently has trailed after one period.

Pittsburgh's needs a stop-gap measure until Murray returns and at some point will require more scoring depth and hope that its No.1 goaltender does not get hurt again, which has been a cause for concern in the front office.

Now would be a good time to pass on Pittsburgh when looking over the NHL odds, since the situation appears very unstable.

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