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Re: Matt Murray

Postby pcm on Sun Mar 01, 2015 9:47 pm

Dumoulin outplayed Harrington and Pouliot in the first few NHL games each played this season. But both guys are conisdered higher pedigree and upside than Dumoulin. I think Pens mgmt made the decision that instead of spreading games around each of them, to pick one and develop them the rest of the way in the NHL. I believe they were thinking that was going to be Harrington, but he really struggled up here, while Pouliot was tearing up the AHL. With the MJ connection, they gave the reins to Pouliot and while he's struggled at times, he's looked leaps and bounds better these past few games. Like his brain is catching on to the speed of the game.

The organization is not as invested in Dumoulin. They really liked what he brought in WBS's playoffs last year, and I imagine (unless they trade him) that they'll slow play him, give him the opportunity to lead that team again this year, and then have him ready for the big show next year. I'm totally fine with him as an emergency #8 (even #7) dman going into the playoffs this year. He's better than he gets credit for around here.
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Re: Matt Murray

Postby count2infinity on Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:52 am

Since Feb. 1st, Murray has 5 wins, GAA: 0.20 SV%: .992 and 4 shutouts. Crazy... hope he keeps up the good work.
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Re: Matt Murray

Postby jwest21 on Mon Mar 02, 2015 8:17 pm

count2infinity wrote:Since Feb. 1st, Murray has 5 wins, GAA: 0.20 SV%: .992 and 4 shutouts. Crazy... hope he keeps up the good work.

Those are some insane stats!
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Re: Matt Murray

Postby pens_CT on Sat Mar 07, 2015 5:37 pm

Another Murray shutout today, which is number 9 on the season. The 2012 Pens draft with Pouliot, Maatta, Murray and Sundqvist is looking pretty good.
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Re: Matt Murray

Postby jwest21 on Sat Mar 07, 2015 6:00 pm

4th straight shutout and 9 for the season ties the AHL Rookie record and is 19:50 short of the AHL scoreless streak set by Brust in 2012.
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Re: Matt Murray

Postby murphydump55 on Sat Mar 07, 2015 6:29 pm

Good to see another Thunder Bay boy doing well. Something in the water here for sure.

Just spoke to a guy he works with during the summer here and he said he could see this summer that he was turning the corner. He was excited to see how he fared.
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Re: Matt Murray

Postby Dickie Dunn on Sat Mar 07, 2015 7:16 pm

WBS plays Springfield tomorrow. Murray is 3-0 with 3 shutouts against Springfield this season. No way he doesn't get the start.
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Re: Matt Murray

Postby lemieuxReturns on Sat Mar 07, 2015 11:15 pm

Is Murray getting any national recognition?
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Re: Matt Murray

Postby Dickie Dunn on Sun Mar 08, 2015 3:17 pm

WBS winning 2-0 midway through the 2nd. AHL scoreless streak set.
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Re: Matt Murray

Postby no name on Sun Mar 08, 2015 3:49 pm

Are the pens playing clutch and grab New Jersery style???
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Re: Matt Murray

Postby GSdrums87 on Sun Mar 08, 2015 4:27 pm

Ahhhhhhhh he lost another shutout right at the end!
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Re: Matt Murray

Postby DelPen on Sun Mar 08, 2015 4:27 pm

Springfield scores with 1:11 left in the game to end the record streak.
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Re: Matt Murray

Postby mikey287 on Sun Mar 08, 2015 5:34 pm

lemieuxReturns wrote:Is Murray getting any national recognition?


I don't follow the AHL as much now that my access to AHL arenas is more limited, but it seems like fairly little. But let's give the streak a little time to set in. He's in the shadow of Connor Hellebuyck from St. John's...a much worse team that he is practically willing into relevancy...
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Re: Matt Murray

Postby pens_CT on Sun Mar 22, 2015 6:51 pm

Murray gets his 10th shutout today versus Leigh Valley. Its time for that slacker Fluery who is stuck on 9 shutouts to match him. :D
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Re: Matt Murray

Postby DelPen on Mon Mar 23, 2015 5:58 am

Is there any need to look beyond Zatkoff and Murray next year for backup to Fleury? Let them fight it out.
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Re: Matt Murray

Postby Dickie Dunn on Mon Mar 23, 2015 7:45 am

10 shutouts in 32 starts is one of the more impressive stats I've seen for goalies, regardless of the league.
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Re: Matt Murray

Postby IMFC on Mon Mar 23, 2015 8:37 am

Dead Puck Era.

Even in the minors.
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Re: Matt Murray

Postby no name on Mon Mar 23, 2015 9:05 am

I hate to smudge his accomplishments but with scoring down league wide helps him getting all these shutouts. Not to mention Fleurys higher than average shutouts.
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Re: Matt Murray

Postby mikey287 on Mon Mar 23, 2015 9:43 am

no name wrote:I hate to smudge his accomplishments but with scoring down league wide helps him getting all these shutouts. Not to mention Fleurys higher than average shutouts.


Last I checked, NHL scoring was at a (very slight) four-year high...is it actually true that AHL scoring is down?
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Re: Matt Murray

Postby IMFC on Mon Mar 23, 2015 10:15 am

mikey287 wrote:
no name wrote:I hate to smudge his accomplishments but with scoring down league wide helps him getting all these shutouts. Not to mention Fleurys higher than average shutouts.


Last I checked, NHL scoring was at a (very slight) four-year high...is it actually true that AHL scoring is down?


http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/stats.html

NHL trend is holding this year it looks like. So interesting to see the save percentages just creeeeeep up every year, then bounce down a little at the lockout, then crrrrreeep up again. .915 vs .873 in the era of the "Great One" - no wonder he said that thing about the shots you don't take!
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Re: Matt Murray

Postby Penspal on Mon Mar 23, 2015 10:53 am

Murray is performing beyond the expectations of his coach. JB's Citizen's Voice had a good writeup about Murray's latest shutout and it sounds like he could be a gamer in the future.

HOWEVER, you look at the AHL goalie records that Murray has just surpassed and then what those guys did in the NHL.... not so much.

http://citizensvoice.com/sports/wbs-penguins-murray-breaks-ahl-rookie-shutout-record-1.1851931
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Re: Matt Murray

Postby PensFanInDC on Mon Mar 23, 2015 10:55 am

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Re: Matt Murray

Postby no name on Mon Mar 23, 2015 11:16 am

IMFC wrote:
mikey287 wrote:
no name wrote:I hate to smudge his accomplishments but with scoring down league wide helps him getting all these shutouts. Not to mention Fleurys higher than average shutouts.


Last I checked, NHL scoring was at a (very slight) four-year high...is it actually true that AHL scoring is down?


http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/stats.html

NHL trend is holding this year it looks like. So interesting to see the save percentages just creeeeeep up every year, then bounce down a little at the lockout, then crrrrreeep up again. .915 vs .873 in the era of the "Great One" - no wonder he said that thing about the shots you don't take!


Also the NHL is averaging fewer powerplays per game, 3.11 last I seen, a steady decline from the lockout every year and now is at a 3 decade low. Consider after the lockout it was 5.84 or something like that. That's per team, not per game. Few PPs, fewer goals, more shutouts.
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Re: Matt Murray

Postby SubtropicalPenguin on Mon Mar 23, 2015 11:18 am

IMFC wrote:
mikey287 wrote:
no name wrote:I hate to smudge his accomplishments but with scoring down league wide helps him getting all these shutouts. Not to mention Fleurys higher than average shutouts.


Last I checked, NHL scoring was at a (very slight) four-year high...is it actually true that AHL scoring is down?


http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/stats.html

NHL trend is holding this year it looks like. So interesting to see the save percentages just creeeeeep up every year, then bounce down a little at the lockout, then crrrrreeep up again. .915 vs .873 in the era of the "Great One" - no wonder he said that thing about the shots you don't take!


That is an interesting set of stats. The thing that jumps off the page is the power play opportunities. Assuming the pace remains more or less the same for the last 10 games, this season will have the fewest power play opportunities since they began recording that statistic in 1963. Also power play opportunities are down from 5.85 to 3.10 in under a decade.
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Re: Matt Murray

Postby mikey287 on Mon Mar 23, 2015 11:22 am

Well, it's a little unfair to say that PPO's are down so much in under a decade, considering that 05-06 was a brutal year that saw by far the most PPO in the expansion era - and likely, ever. 2005-06 was the weird one. But yes, this year has been particularly lax on penalties...in terms of interference and holding, it's closer to the early 2000's than any year since the big lockout. It doesn't quite compare with regard to stick fouls still, but the physical restraining fouls (or non-fouls, as it were) seem on par with the C&G era roughly...
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