Goalie nods: Pens stick with AHL standout Murray in Minnesota

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After strong efforts in his first two NHL contests, Matt Murray is headed back in for a third.

Murray will start ahead of Jeff Zatkoff in goal when the Penguins take on the Wild in Minnesota. Murray, the AHL’s reigning rookie and goalie of the year, was recalled to Pittsburgh after Marc-Andre Fleury was diagnosed with a concussion, and has fared well — in two games, Murray’s posted a .920 save percentage and 2.00 GAA.

On Monday, he recorded his first-ever NHL win in a 5-2 victory over Columbus.

Devan Dubnyk will be in goal for the Wild.


Chad Johnson goes for the Sabres in Buffalo. No confirmation from Boston yet, but Jonas Gustavsson looks to be the starter.

— Joonas Korpisalo will get the nod ahead of Curtis McElhinney for Columbus (Sergei Bobrovsky is still not ready to return from injury). No word yet on who the Bolts will start, but Ben Bishop would seem the choice.

— The Habs will go back to Mike Condon over Dustin Tokarski in the hopes of finding some consistency in goal. Braden Holtby, my pick for the Vezina, is in goal for the Caps, as per usual.

— Devils workhorse Cory Schneider gets the call out of the break, as New Jersey plays in Carolina. Cam Ward appears likely for the ‘Canes.

— Big Central Division clash in St. Louis tonight as the Blues host the Stars. Dallas appears ready to go with Antti Niemi, while Jake Allen (Brough’s Vezina pick) is in for the Blues.

Petr Mrazek‘s in net for Detroit as the Wings play in Nashville. Preds will go with Pekka Rinne.

— Arizona will stick with in-form rookie Louis Domingue ahead of struggling veteran Anders Lindback. The visiting Kings appear ready to start Jonathan Quick.

— No Ryan Miller again for the Canucks, so it’s Jacob Markstrom in goal against the Oilers. No word yet on who goes for Edmonton.