The Pittsburgh Penguins are in the midst of one of their worst seasons in recent memory - and that isn't even saying much as they are still very much in the playoff picture, albeit on the outside looking in.
One very positive story coming out of this season is the emergence of Tristan Jarry between the pipes.
Injuries to Matt Murray propelled Jarry into the spotlight this season, surprising everyone with how NHL-ready he already is.
The 22-year-old has a 7-3-2 record under his belt, with an impressive 0.928 save percentage and 2.17 goals against average. Murray has played over twice as many games, but his numbers are nothing to write home to mom about. A .902 save percentage is one of the worst in the NHL, with a 2.97 goals against average bringing his numbers down even further.
Now - Murray, 23, has already won two Stanley Cups, and while he didn't play a full season as the starter until this year, he's proven his worth. But Jarry is starting to do what Murray did to Fleury over the past couple years - that is, competing for the number one spot at an early age.
Jarry's portfolio doesn't give him the credibility that Murray's does - but at nearly the same age, there's a case to give Jarry more games, especially as he is performing significantly better than his teammate so far this season.
A 4-0 shutout against the New York Islanders on Friday was the cherry on top for Jarry.
One of his teammates had huge praise for his goaltender.
“I thought he was unbelievable,” Ian Cole said, as reported by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Jason Mackey. “He made some great saves. On the few lapses that we did have, he stepped up and made some saves for us. That’s what you need. It’s a team effort. He saves our bacon. That’s his job back there. He was fantastic.”
Head coach Mike Sullivan alluded to the fact that they have decisions to make between the pipes.
“We’ll sit down and make some decisions,” Sullivan said. “Certainly I think the most important thing is we win that game right in front of us. We know we can win with both guys. They’re both very good goaltenders. We have faith in both of them. As a coaching staff, we’ll sit and make decisions game to game.”
Right now, it seems that winning the game "right in front of (them)" means riding the hot glove - and that's Tristan Jarry.
What do you think - should Jarry take over the number one spot, at least for the time being?