Murray, originally scheduled to be a healthy scratch Friday, was instead inserted back into the lineup just before the opening faceoff and assisted on Brandon Saad's game-winning power play goal in a 2-1 victory over the Penguins. Brandon Dubinsky was unable to suit up due to an upper body injury, and with no time to recall a forward from AHL Lake Erie, Dalton Prout was pressed into service on the fourth line, allowing Murray to get back into the lineup. The 22-year-old now has two goals and eight points in 17 games on the season.
Murray will be a healthy scratch for Friday's tilt with Pittsburgh. The 2nd pick of the 2012 NHL Draft dealt with a plethora of injuries last season which limited him to just 12 games, but this season his problem has been inconsistent play. After scoring six points in as many games, along with posting a plus-3 rating from October 22 until November 3, Murray is pointless and a minus-2 in his last three games. New bench boss John Tortorella will insert Dalton Prout into the lineup in Murray's position.
Murray ended the second period with a goal and started the third with an assist Tuesday. Murray's third highest ice time this year came Tuesday when he recorded 21:37 minutes, allowing him to score two points and finish plus-2 in the game. Murray's seen success lately, posting five points in his last five game while working with Cody Goloubef as the second defensive pairing.
Murray potted his first goal of the season and added a helper in Saturday's win over Colorado. That's points in back-to-back games for Murray, who logged 19:05 of ice time in the win. The 22-year-old is playing on the top power-play unit and has racked up four points through nine games thus far. Murray is rising and should benefit from the momentum of the Jackets' first win.
Ryan Murray left Saturday's practice due to an illness, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
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