The Columbus Blue Jackets will have to find a way to edge out the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight without Ryan Murray. The 20-year-old rookie defenseman wasn’t listed as part of Columbus’ lineup for Game 4 of the first round series, per the Blue Jackets’ Rob Mixer
That’s a big setback for the Blue Jackets after he averaged 25:17 minutes per contest in the first three games of the playoffs. It’s not clear what Murray’s dealing with, but he didn’t stay on the ice for today’s full morning skate, according to Aaron Portzline.
Nick Schultz is making his series debut in Murray’s place. Schultz had an assist in nine games with the Blues Jackets after they acquired him from Edmonton on March 5 in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick.
Schultz, 31, has 24 games worth of playoff experience, but his last postseason contest came in 2008 when he was with Minnesota. He will play alongside Dalton Prout.