Associated Press

CHICAGO — Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray is nearing a return from a lower-body injury that has sidelined him since midNovember.

The two time Stanley Cup winner practiced his team mates last month since moving on injured reserve. When able to play the 24-year-old has fought this season with. He could be 4-5-1 with a 4.08 goals-against average in 11 appearances but declined to use the injury as a reason for his shaky performance.

“I had been having fun it for a couple weeks and it had been fine,” Murray explained. “I just tweaked it day. It did not hinder parts of the match. It’s a location. Just giving it time to heal is the biggest thing.”

Murray said he’s uncertain when he will be cleared to playwith. The Penguins play Chicago on Wednesday night, then return home on Friday to face Boston.

Casey DeSmith has played well in place of Murray. DeSmith is currently 9-4-4 with a 2.35 goals-against average and also a .925 save percent for Pittsburgh. The Penguins have recovered from a bad beginning and therefore are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games.

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