Murray eager for opportunity vs. Blueshirts

Murray eager for opportunity vs. Blueshirts

The Rangers and Penguins meet for the second time in three days tonight. Can Mike Sullivan’s club recover from a 5-2 setback roughly 36 hours ago?

Pittsburgh (11-5-3) hopes the presence of Matt Murray between the pipes tilts the balance in its favor. However, online sports book Bovada.lv gives New York odds of -115 to emerge victorious. The Pens enter Madison Square Garden as -105 underdogs.

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Earlier this week, the Blueshirts (14-5-1) ambushed their Metropolitan Division rivals with four goals in the final 26 minutes. Alain Vigneault continues to put the league’s most dangerous offense on the ice despite missing top-flight center Mika Zibanejad (broken fibula). On 10 separate occasions, New York has notched at least five tallies.

Meanwhile, the Penguins are a minus-1 in goal differential. Marc Andre-Fleury looks frequently lost, putting added pressure on his 22-year-old heir apparent. Murray will draw his first career start against the Rangers shortly. He currently boasts a 1.68 GAA to go along with a .945 save percentage.

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Only two squads have allowed more shots per contest in 2015-16 than Pittsburgh. Thankfully, Murray relishes a huge workload. Expect the visiting crew to hang with the Metro’s leaders well into the third period.

 

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