Sport NHL playoffs: Penguins' morning skate hints at who'll start in goal for Game 4

19:45  19 may  2017
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NHL playoffs 2017: Conference finals schedules, TV times

  NHL playoffs 2017: Conference finals schedules, TV times The matchups for the conference finals of the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs are set. In the East, the Penguins will face the Senators; in the West, the Ducks will face the Predators.The Penguins advanced to the Eastern Conference finals by beating the top-seeded Capitals in Game 7 on Wednesday in Washington. The Ducks advanced to the West finals with a Game 7 victory over the Oilers later that night.MORE: Caps can't shake curse as Pens prevail © (Getty Images) Sidney Crosby, Marc-Andre Fleury The winners of the conference finals will advance to the Stanley Cup Final. The Penguins won the Final last season.

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Matt Murray was the first goalie off the ice Friday morning at the Penguins' optional skate, the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review reported, a typical indication of a team’s starter for the night's game.

The Penguins, down 2-1 in the series, play the Senators at 8 p.m. ET Friday in Ottawa in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Matt Murray © (Getty Images) Matt Murray

Murray left the ice after approximately 40 minutes Friday morning, according to the report, while Marc-Andre Fleury worked for close to an hour. Fleury has been the team's starter in the playoffs but was pulled 13 minutes into Game 3 after allowing four goals on nine shots.

Murray was supposed to be the team's postseason starter but was scratched before Game 1 of Pittsburgh's first-round series against the Blue Jackets after suffering a lower-body injury in warmups. He was healthy enough by Game 7 of the Capitals second-round series against the Capitals to serve as Fleury's ​backup in that game.

After replacing Fleury, Murray had 19 saves on 20 shots in Wednesday's eventual 5-1 loss.

Stanley Cup playoffs: Penguins' Chad Ruhwedel suffers concussion on big hit from Bobby Ryan .
An already thin Penguins roster suffered another injury Friday, when defenseman Chad Ruhwedel exited late in the first period and never returned in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals after taking elbow to the face on a big hit from Senators winger Bobby Ryan. Ruhwedel remained down on the ice in pain while a scrum ensued along the boards. His Pittsburgh teammates thought Ryan left his feet and went elbow-first into Ruhwedel's head.Penguins coach Mike Sullivan told reporters after Pittsburgh's 3-2 win that Ruhwedel suffered a concussion. The defenseman will be re-evaluated when the club returns to Pittsburgh.


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