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Fantasy Spin: Murray becomes must-add goalie

Penguins backup brilliant in Fleury's absence; 26 percent owned

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

The Pittsburgh Penguins have been the talk of the fantasy world during their six-game win streak. Their offense has outscored opponents 31-12 in the stretch, and their goaltending has been strong in five of the six victories.

And it just so happens their top option in net, rookie Matt Murray, is readily available in fantasy leagues.

Murray (26 percent owned in Yahoo) has started three of the Penguins' past four games, including the past two, going 3-0-0 with a .929 save percentage (six goals allowed) and one shutout. Starter Marc-Andre Fleury was ruled out hours before the game Saturday at the New York Islanders with a concussion, so Murray was called upon in a pinch.

Video: PIT@NYI: Murray turns away Tavares on the power play

Now, after a combined two goals allowed in wins against Stanley Cup Playoff contenders in the Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers, Murray has won five straight and become a late-season commodity in all fantasy formats.

The 21-year-old played four games in December, but did not see any game action in January or February. He played four times in March and has already played twice in April, and that sudden spike in usage hasn't derailed his sparkling season totals; he is 7-2-1 with a 1.88 goals-against average and .933 SV%. His even-strength SV% (.942) is second among goalies with at least 10 games played behind Los Angeles Kings backup Jhonas Enroth (.943), who has started once in the past month.

If your fantasy championship round has not yet concluded, you simply need to add Murray for the final stretch. Each of the Penguins' three remaining games are on the road, but it's possible Murray will start all three with injured Fleury expected to get rest as the regular season winds down.

The Penguins visit the Ottawa Senators, a winnable game, on Tuesday, before finishing up at Metropolitan Division opponents in the Washington Capitals on Thursday and Flyers on Saturday. Murray allowed three goals on 37 shots faced at the Capitals on March 1, and defeated the Flyers on Sunday, stopping 28 of 30 shots faced.

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