Murray turned aside 23 of 24 shots in the Penguins win over the Capitals in Game 2. The Penguins are committed to rolling with Murray for the rest of the playoffs, as long as he plays well. So far, it has been all gravy for Murray, who is 4-1 with a 1.74 GAA, .939 SV% and one shutout. He will look to give the Penguins a 2-1 series lead tonight on home ice—he won’t his only home playoff start, stopping 38 of 41 shots in a win over the Rangers.
Zatkoff was the first goalie off of the ice for the Penguins.
Zatkoff surrendered four goals on 28 shots in the Penguins’ 4-2 loss to the Rangers in game two. Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion) will not play tonight, but Matt Murray (head) is available so there’s no official word on who is starting for Pittsburgh—although Zatkoff was the first off. He is 1-1-0 with a 3.07 GAA and .908 SV% in the first two games of the series.
Malkin (upper-body) will be a game-time decision for Game 2.
Malkin took part in the Penguins’ practice on Friday and it looks like he could return for Game 2. He centred a line with Conor Sheary and Bryan Rust on the wings, but due to the early start on Saturday, there will be no morning skate. Monitor his status a few hours before puck-drop.
Fleury (concussion) will be a game-time decision for Game 2.
Fleury missed Game 1 of the series and Jeff Zatkoff played very well in his absence. With Zatkoff’s performance the Penguins could go back to him to give Fleury another few days off, but Fleury was on the ice for Friday’s practice, so monitor his status when warmups get underway at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Fleury missed the final five games of the regular season with a concussion, but he practiced at the start of the week and practiced in the starter’s crease this morning. He was also the first goalie off of the ice, so all signs are pointing towards him returning tonight. He is officially listed as a game-time decision, so monitor his status when the Penguins hit the ice for warmups at 7:30 p.m. ET. Fleury was 3-1-0 with a 1.97 GAA and .922 SV% in four starts vs. the Rangers this season.
Fleury (concussion) remains day-to-day; questionable for Game 1.
Fleury practiced again on Tuesday but he status for Wednesday’s series opener remains uncertain. Matt Murray is also day-to-day with an upper-body injury, so if Fleury can’t go in Game 1, look for Jeff Zatkoff to get the nod.
Maatta (lower-body) will be a game-time decision on Wednesday.
Maatta was on the ice for the second day in a row and skated alongside Kris Letang in Tuesday’s practice, but remains a game-time decision for Game 1 vs. the Rangers. Monitor his status during the Penguins morning skate on Wednesday, but things are trending in the right direction for him to return after a nine-game absence.
Maatta (lower-body) practiced on Monday but remains questionable for Game 1.
Maatta missed the final nine games of the regular season and might miss the start of the postseason as well. He took part in the Penguins’ practice this morning, but said “I really can’t say for sure” when he was asked if he would play on Wednesday.