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Penguins turn to Casey DeSmith in goal

Jonathan Bombulie
| Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, 8:44 p.m.
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18:  Nick Shore #21 of the Los Angeles Kings look for a rebound with Kris Letang #58 and Casey DeSmith #1 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at Staples Center on January 18, 201 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Nick Shore #21 of the Los Angeles Kings look for a rebound with Kris Letang #58 and Casey DeSmith #1 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at Staples Center on January 18, 201 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18:  Adrian Kempe #9 of the Los Angeles Kings scores on Casey DeSmith #1 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in front of Brian Dumoulin #8 to tie the game 1-1 during the second period at Staples Center on January 18, 201 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Adrian Kempe #9 of the Los Angeles Kings scores on Casey DeSmith #1 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in front of Brian Dumoulin #8 to tie the game 1-1 during the second period at Staples Center on January 18, 201 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Penguins' goalie Casey Desmith (1) stops a shot by the Buffalo Sabres' Evander Kane (9) during the third period of an NHL pre season hockey game in State College, Pa., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Knight)
Pittsburgh Penguins' goalie Casey Desmith (1) stops a shot by the Buffalo Sabres' Evander Kane (9) during the third period of an NHL pre season hockey game in State College, Pa., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Knight)

Rookie goalie Casey DeSmith will make his first NHL start when the Penguins play the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

DeSmith made two relief appearances earlier this season, stopping 20 of the 24 shots he faced.

Tristan Jarry got the night off after starting the team's previous five games. He stopped 28 of 32 shots in a 5-3 loss in Anaheim on Wednesday night.

Starter Matt Murray is on an indefinite leave after the death of his father Tuesday.

DeSmith, 26, is an undrafted third-year pro out of the University of New Hampshire. He's an AHL all-star this season, going 12-5-1 with a .915 save percentage for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Jonathan Bombulie is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at jbombulie@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BombulieTrib.

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