Penguins say Murray is ‘week-to-week’ with a lower-body injury

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It’s a good thing the Pittsburgh Penguins get their bye week soon, because there’s been yet another injury to a key player.

Coach Mike Sullivan announced today that goalie Matt Murray is “going to be week-to-week with a lower-body injury.”

Murray had to leave last night’s game against Carolina after two periods. He was replaced by Marc-Andre Fleury, who stopped all 19 shots he faced in the third, helping the Pens to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory.

“I thought Marc-Andre came in and did a terrific job and made some big saves in the third period,” Sullivan told reporters. “That’s not easy to do when you’re sitting on the bench, to have the focus he had to make those timely saves.”

The Penguins host Montreal Saturday, then don’t play again until Jan. 8 when Tampa Bay pays a visit.

A goalie has not yet been recalled from AHL Wilkes-Barre to back up Fleury against the Habs, but young Tristan Jarry could potentially be rewarded with a call-up; he’s 13-5-0 with a .921 save percentage for the Baby Pens.

In some ways, the Penguins are actually getting healthier. Defenseman Trevor Daley returned to action against the Hurricanes, logging 20:52 with an assist.

Another d-man, Kris Letang, is getting close, though it remains to be seen if he’ll be ready by Saturday, or if he’ll just wait until after the bye week to return. Letang is still on injured reserve, along with d-man Brian Dumoulin.

Yet another d-man, Olli Maatta, has missed the last two games with an illness. No word if he’ll play Saturday, but he was skating this morning.

Related: Dumoulin to miss 4-6 weeks after surgery for broken jaw