Matt Murray has all but locked up the No. 1 gig in Pittsburgh — we wrote about Marc-Andre Fleury’s side of things earlier — and tonight, Murray will make his eighth straight start when the Pens host the Jackets at PPG Paints.
Murray hasn’t been lights-out over this recent stretch — 2.72 GAA, .916 save percentage — but Pittsburgh has gotten results, going 5-2-0. Tonight’s game will also be a shot at redemption, because the last time Murray faced the Jackets, he got lit up. Columbus scored six times on 23 shots before head coach Mike Sullivan mercifully gave Murray the hook.
For the Jackets, Sergei Bobrovsky‘s in goal.
— No surprises from the Oilers, who will yet again start Cam Talbot in goal. Cam Ward, another of the league’s busiest workhorses, should be in for Carolina, though head coach Bill Peters classified him as a game-time decision.