There is good news in Pittsburgh as goalie Matt Murray skated on his own at practice Friday.
The Penguins netminder sustained a concussion Monday at practice and has been on the shelf ever since.
Murray did not face any shots at practice on Friday, but he was in full equipment and that’s a pretty good thing. The club has him listed as out indefinitely.
“We’ll see how he responds and go from there,” head coach Mike Sullivan said.
Murray has missed the last two games and the Penguins have dropped three straight. The goalie was 9-1-1 in his last 11 games prior to injury and allowed fewer than three goals in four of his last six games.
But things blew wide open on Thursday night as the Boston Bruins lit up Pittsburgh for an 8-4 win. The battle was left to goalies Casey DeSmith and Tristan Jarry, the latter of whom allowed five goals on 33 shots.
DeSmith has allowed six goals on 43 shots for Pittsburgh in his two starts replacing Murray, while 22-year-old Jarry has allowed at least four goals in three of his past four games.
If that doesn’t speak volumes about the Penguins’ fortunes in Murray’s absence, I don’t know what does.
Pittsburgh has been outscored 17-11 during their losing skid and were blasted 11-6 in their two games without Murray. They’re currently third in the Metropolitan Division and two points behind the Philadelphia Flyers for second place.
Getting Murray back sooner rather than later would naturally be good, but the Penguins can afford to wait at this point.
But if they’re still without their starter come the post-season, Pittsburgh’s attempts at snagging Lord Stanley’s ultimate prize could be in serious jeopardy.