Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray is out indefinitely with a concussion, the team announced Tuesday.
Murray had the diagnosis Tuesday morning after an evaluation following Monday’s practice. He had left practice early after taking a puck to the head off an Olli Maatta shot.
Murray is not slated to be in the lineup as the Penguins face the New Jersey Devils Tuesday.
Casey DeSmith is scheduled to start, with Tristan Jarry as the backup.
The Penguins may have to make do with the tandem for a while, but head coach Mike Sullivan seems fine with that.
“We believe in the guys we have,” Sullivan said. “Both Casey and Tristan are very good goalies. They’ve played extremely well for us. They’ve helped us win games when they’ve been in the lineup. We’ve had some success with some inexperienced guys.”
DeSmith is 3-3-0 this season with a 2.23 goals against average and a .926 save percentage, while Jarry is 10-4-2 with a 2.58 goals against average and a .916 save percentage.
Jarry is coming off a tough loss to Florida on Saturday, allowing four goals in 16 shots.
Murray has already been out this season for the Penguins. He missed six games on account of a lower body injury suffered November 27, but he made a speedy recovery.
Murray has been integral to his team’s success and backstopped Pittsburgh to two Stanley Cups after the departure of Marc-Andre Fleury.
The 23-year-old from Thunder Bay is in just his third season in the NHL and has 64 career wins to his credit already.
This season, Murray is 23-13-2 with a .909 save percentage and a 2.82 goals against average. That’s a fair shade off his career high totals, but he’s been able to put together wins and should make a considerable playoff impact again as Pittsburgh gears up for another Cup.
The Penguins are third in the Metropolitan Division, just a point shy of the Washington Capitals and two points behind the leading Philadelphia Flyers.