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Penguins turn to goalie Casey DeSmith to try to snap skid in Washington

Jonathan Bombulie
| Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, 12:36 p.m.
Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Casey DeSmith, right, stops Vancouver Canucks’ Brandon Sutter during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday Oct. 27, 2018. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Casey DeSmith, right, stops Vancouver Canucks’ Brandon Sutter during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday Oct. 27, 2018. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan’s lineup shake-up in advance of Wednesday night’s game at the Washington Capitals didn’t stop at the forward lines or power-play units.

It extended to the net, too.

Casey DeSmith will start in goal, making his first career appearance against the Capitals, as the Penguins look to snap a four-game losing streak.

DeSmith has played well this season, going 2-0-2 with a 2.25 goals-against average and .932 save percentage in seven appearances, four of them starts.

He has turned in significantly better numbers than Matt Murray, who is 4-4-1 with a 3.87 GAA and .886 save percentage.

“(DeSmith has) played extremely well for us to this point. He’s given us a chance to win on most nights,” Sullivan said. “Matt just played four games in a row. I think there’s been some inconsistency in our overall team game. That’s part of the decision making, but Casey’s game has been very strong in this early part of the season and he’s given us a chance to win.”

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Jonathan Bombulie is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jonathan at jbombulie@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BombulieTrib.

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