Murray made 29 saves in a 2-1 shootout loss to Ottawa on Thursday. He was unable to hold down a one-goal lead heading into the third period, then allowed shootout goals to both skaters he faced. Murray has improved his play in his last couple starts, but he'll likely give way to Marc-Andre Fleury at home against the Islanders on Friday.
Murray will backstop the Penguins for their Thursday clash with the Senators, Steve Lloyd of TSN reports. Murray shook off a pair of difficult outings to stop 29 of 30 shots versus the Sabres on Tuesday. The 22-year-old clearly has the trust of coach Mike Sullivan, who's allowed Murray to work through his missteps rather than immediately turning to backup Marc-Andre Fleury. That said, the Pens won't be able to afford any mistakes if they're going to chase down the Caps for the Metropolitan Division title.
Murray stopped 29 of 30 shots in a 3-1 victory over the Sabres on Tuesday. He made several strong saves (on 19 shots) during the first 40 minutes, helping Pittsburgh to a 1-0 advantage. Murray had given up four goals in three of four starts prior to Tuesday, adding further importance to his bounce-back game. The ability to play well after a poor performance has separated Murray from other tenders thus far in his short NHL career, and it's no small reason for the fact that the Penguins have now secured a playoff spot.
Murray will patrol the blue paint against the Sabres on Tuesday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Murray has given up four goals in three of his last four outings (although the other start was a shutout), and while you certainly can't lay all the blame at the netminder's skates, he will have to be better to stave off a surging Marc-Andre Fleury. The 22-year-old Murray should also be asking his teammates to help him out by avoiding the penalty box, considering Buffalo has the league's most potent power play (24.0 percent).
Murray allowed four goals on 36 shots in Friday's 6-4 win against the Devils. Murray wasn't particularly sharp, giving up four goals in a game for the third time across his past four outings. He has struggled a bit in the month of March but remains a low-end No. 1 fantasy netminder in most pools due to his outstanding offensive support. Despite the high amount of goals allowed he has won three of his past four starts.
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