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What Should the Pittsburgh Penguins Do About Matt Murray’s Struggles?

There is something not right with Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray right now. He played in last night’s 4-3 loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Murray made 22 saves in that game. The last time he started was on November 5 against the New Jersey Devils.

Murray was pulled in that game as well. He was not pulled in last night’s game, but Matt Murray has given up 19 goals in his last five games. His record so far this season is 4-5-1 with a .883 save percentage and a 3.90 GAA, along with one shutout.

Say what you want about how bad Pittsburgh’s penalty kill was last night, but your goaltender is supposed to be your last line of defense. Also a lot of people have been ripping the Pittsburgh Penguins defense.

They don’t have one of the better blue lines in the NHL, but Casey DeSmith and Matt Murray have appeared in 10 games so far this season. DeSmith had to appear in relief three times this season. His numbers are much better than Murray’s. DeSmith’s record so far this season is 3-2-2 with a .938 save percentage and a 2.04 GAA, along with two shutouts.

Murray is ranked 55th in the NHL in GAA. DeSmith is ranked 14th in the NHL in GAA. Murray is ranked 48th in the NHL in save percentage. DeSmith is ranked 13th in the NHL in save percentage.

Since DeSmith’s numbers are better than Murray’s numbers, there has to be a monster problem with Murray. He looks out of position a lot. Matt Murray still might be affected from injuries. Is Pittsburgh starting to regret getting rid of Marc-Andre Fleury?

After this season, Murray will only have one year remaining on his contract. I am not calling him for to be traded because he has won two Stanley Cups with this team, but if someone in the organization announced we are putting him on the trade block, would that wake him up?

I would imagine that they would go back to Casey DeSmith tomorrow night on the road against the Ottawa Senators.

There also has to be a reason why the team has not traded away goaltender Tristan Jarry. Jarry has played well with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL) so far this season. He has a 4-4-1 record with a .907 save percentage and a 2.98 GAA. Tristan Jarry has also scored a goal this season.

Would calling up Jarry be another wake up call to Murray? The Penguins can’t afford having DeSmith and Jarry on the bench with Murray possibly starting games. As of right now, he shouldn’t be the starting goalie.

The Pittsburgh Penguins sit in last place in the Metropolitan Division with a 7-7-3 record with 17 points. They have scored 56 goals and have given up 55 goals. Murray has given up 36 goals and DeSmith has given up 16 goals so far this season.

 

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