Penguins are leaning towards Murray to begin the Stanley Cup playoffs: report

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Matt Murray is probably the goaltender from the Pittsburgh Penguins at the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs, has been reported to The Athletic this week.

“We have expectations extremely high for Matt “, said Tuesday the coach of the Penguins ‘ Mike Sullivan. “He has shown his ability to play at his best level when the stakes are at their highest, and I do not see the best characteristic to have for an athlete. “Murray, the champion of the Stanley Cup finals in 2016 and 2017, has lost his first job Tristan Jarry during this season, but was playing well before the NHL season was interrupted on 12 march due to concerns about the sars coronavirus.

He had a record of 20-11-5 with an average goals allowed of 2.87, and a percentage of stops, 899 this season. Murray has started four of the last five games to Pittsburgh before the break, winning three. He has made 14 starts and Jarry 12 after the 9 January, Murray had a record of 8-5-1 with a GAA of 2.79 and a percentage of stops, 903, Jarry was 6-6-0 with a GAA 3.07, and a percentage of stops of 0.899.

“You could see [Matt] play at a level that is more consistent in the second half of the season, ” said Sullivan. “We really liked the way it tended. It has certainly proved to be, during my time with him, that he is a better goalkeeper in the second half of the season and [Stanley Cup Playoffs]. His track record speaks for itself. This is a good goalie in this league. ”

Video: Murray, Holtby and Binnington are discussing a pause in the NHL

Pittsburgh (40-23-6, .623 percentage points) is the head of series n ° 5 in the Conference and will play the head of series n ° 12 of the Montreal Canadiens (31-31-9, .500) in a best-of-5 series, with the winner qualifying for the playoffs for the Stanley Cup.

Jarry, who played this season in the all-star game the NHL for the first time, has a record of 20-12-1 with a GAA of 2.43 and a percentage of stops of, 921. He has never played in a playoff game.

“What I would say is that we are comfortable with the two guys,” said Sullivan. “This has been the consistent message throughout the year. The staff will have decisions to make at all positions. And this is a situation quite unique in this time. This is the reality of the business in which we are all. But I do know this: they are both guys, and both have an excellent track record. ”

With Marc-Andre Fleury recovering from a concussion, Murray was the primary caregiver of Pittsburgh during the playoffs, 2016, with a record of 15-6 when the Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks for the championship. It was the successor to Fleury during the playoffs, 2017 and has won seven of 10 matches, including victory in the final of the Cup against the Predators in Nashville.

The general manager Jim Rutherford said on 5 may that he expected Murray to be the starter for the resumption of this season, though the choice is made by Sullivan.

“But in my opinion, yes, it was going to be the guy,” said Rutherford about Murray. “This is the guy with the experience at this time of the year, this is the guy who has had so much success in the playoffs, and it was very good play. I felt a lot better to play and prepare for the playoffs. It has ended before. We were very satisfied with the evolution of his game. ”

NHL teams were permitted to conduct training sessions to volunteers in a small group in the facilities of the team since the June 8, in the phase 2 of the plan to return to the game. The training camps for the 24 teams taking up the game will start on the 10 of July; phase 3 will take place provided that the medical conditions and safety permit, and that the parties have not reached an agreement on the resumption of the game. The duration of training camp, the date of beginning and the places of recovery of the game (phase 4) have not been announced.

Tweet from @TheAthleticPGH: it looks like more and more Matt Murray will be the keeper of the beginning, when the Penguins will begin to play. @JoshYohe_PGH has talked to Mike Sullivan this afternoon: https://t.co/nYUcEbAbqz



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