There may be a reason why the Pittsburgh Penguins have started the season by allowing 5.5 goals per game to start the season. Matt Murray has been diagnosed with a concussion. The puzzling part of the announcement is netminder finished both games for the Penguins which makes the exact cause of the injury more difficult to nail down. Murray did take a leg to the mask on Saturday night on the sequence that resulted in Brendan Gallagher scoring in Montreal’s eventual 5-1 upset.
Murray’s stats are rather Millardish to start the season. Posting a 5.47 GAA with a .831 save percentage in two games
This marks Murrays 2nd concussion in under ten months and third diagnosed concussion of his NHL career. Casey DeSmith and Tristan (tom and .. ) Jarry will probably share the duties during Murray’s absence.
Two thoughts on this.
The timing could be a bit better considering Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights are in Pittsburgh on Thursday. While Jimmy Rutherford absolutely made the right call on his goaltending the presence of Fleury will cause a stir.
The lack of an apparent cause of the injury makes me worry about increased susceptibility to concussions. Even if that is not the case Chicago lost Corey Crawford for a majority of the season last year and the veteran is just now approaching a return. Reason for Pittsburgh to be extra cautious. Of course, they have dealt with a high profile head injury in the past, so Penguins personal probably don’t need my advice.