For the second time in eight months, Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray was diagnosed with a concussion and he will be out indefinitely. At just 24 years old, he already has three concussions in his NHL career and it is already a monster concern in the long run.
Matt Murray has given 11 goals in two games. He has not looked sharp and Murray didn’t look sharp last season either. This is not what the Pittsburgh Penguins have hoped for. With him being sidelined, Casey DeSmith is in line to be the starter on Thursday night at home against the Vegas Golden Knights.
He is 27 years old and DeSmith made his NHL debut last season. He took the backup job from Tristan Jarry at the end of last season. Casey DeSmith’s record last season was 6-4-1 with a .921 save percentage and a 2.40 GAA, along with one shutout.
Tristan Jarry will most likely serve as DeSmith’s back up. Jarry is just 23 years old. His record last season was 14-6-2 with a .908 save percentage and a 2.77 GAA, along with two shutouts.
The Pittsburgh Penguins should handle this goaltending situation with Matt Murray out on a game-to-game basis.
Just two years ago, Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith won the Harry “Hap” Holmes Award in the AHL with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. It was an award that started in 1972 and the award has been presented to the goaltender(s) with at least 25 games played on the team which allows the fewest goals per game in the regular season.
I wouldn’t mind if the Pittsburgh Penguins split the goaltending duties between Casey DeSmith and Tristan Jarry, but they may not need to because they don’t have any back-to-back situations until November 23 against the Boston Bruins on the road and on November 24 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Matt Murray should be back by then, but concussions are really tricky. Casey DeSmith and Tristan Jarry both played well last season and goaltending shouldn’t be a concern for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Murray’s absence.