Mrazek gave up three goals on 22 shots in Tuesday's home loss to the Islanders. He'd heated up in recent games, posting a .946 save percentage over his last four outings, but this one represented a bit of a step back. Still, it's hard to ignore the positives in Mrazek's recent play, and with Jared Coreau not giving him any kind of run for his money, the Czech netminder should continue holding down top duties in net while Jimmy Howard (knee) remains out. He'll get a chance to work on refining his game over the week to come, as the Wings don't play again until next Tuesday in Vancouver.
Mrazek will backstop the Wings for Tuesday's clash with the Islanders, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. Despite a 2-2-0 record, Mrazek has allowed fewer than two goals in each of his previous four contests, with the blame for the pair of defeats falling at the feet of his teammates' inability to score. The netminder will need all the offensive support he can get Tuesday against an Isles squad that is averaging 2.98 markers per game -- seventh best in the league. New York are also eighth in the NHL in shots per night (31.0) so look for the 24-year-old to be tested often.
Mrazek made 24 saves in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Penguins. Mrazek has turned aside 58 of 62 shots for a .935 save percentage in consecutive upset wins over Washington and Pittsburgh. The 25-year-old Czech is in danger of having his workload reduced with Jimmy Howard back from his knee injury, but has made a strong case for retaining the starting job with these past two outings. Neither Red Wings goalie will be very busy in the coming week, with just one opponent on the schedule between now and Feb. 28.
Mrazak turned away 34 of 36 shots from the visiting Capitals on Saturday, not including the four he denied in the shootout for a huge win at home. He's already been named the starter for Sunday's road game against the Penguins, Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News reports. What an incredible start from the Czech tender, who defied the odds by solving the second-ranked offense in the NHL. Mrazek also said "not in my house" to stud skaters T.J. Oshie, Nicklas Backstrom, and Alex Ovechkin -- not to mention a sneaky weapon in Brett Connolly -- in the shootout sequence. This has been a forgettable year for the Red Wings with their playoff hopes all but vanished for the first time in 26 seasons, but performances like this are a boon for Mrazek's confidence as he had come to terms with losing the starting job to Jimmy Howard (knee) much earlier than expected this campaign. Mrazek can make another strong statement Sunday if he storms into Pittsburgh with another win.
Mrazek led his team out to the ice for warmups Saturday afternoon, indicating that he'll be the home starter versus the Capitals, Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News reports. Nothing seems to be going right for the Red Wings these days, as they find themselves with the fewest points (54) in the entire Eastern Conference. It's not likely that this match against a star-laden Capitals team is going to change their fortunes, but perhaps Mrazek will approach this game differently after Washington's club shredded him to the tune of five goals on 30 shots on the road just nine days ago. The Czech is bound to be on the clearance rack in daily fantasy pools, though you should heed our warning that he'll be countered by reigning Vezina Trophy winner Braden Holtby; consider streaming Mrazek only if you like playing with fire.
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