Mrazek agreed to a two-year contract with the Hurricanes worth $6.25 million Monday.
Mrazek's deal will be worth $3 million next season, and $3.25 the following season per Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site. The Canes have solidified their goaltending situation for the 2019-20 campaign, trading for James Reimer on Sunday, and now re-signing Mrazek. The 27-year-old had a solid year for a Carolina team that made the Conference Finals, going 23-14-3 along with a 2.39 GAA and .914 save percentage. At this point it's unclear how coach Rod Brind'Amour will operate with two very capable netminders at his disposal.
Mrazek allowed six goals on 25 shots in a 6-2 loss to Boston on Sunday. The Bruins now lead the best-of-seven series 2-0.
Mrazek has allowed 10 goals through the first two games of this series, not the level of play his team was hoping for coming off a sweep of the Islanders. While nothing has been confirmed, expect him to remain Carolina's starter moving forward, beginning with Game 3 on Tuesday, but he'll likely have a shorter leash than what he's been used to so far in these playoffs.
Mrazek will guard the net in Sunday's Game 2 road matchup with the Bruins, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Mrazek appeared to be a little rusty in Game 1 -- the 27-year-old hadn't played since April 28 after sustaining a groin injury -- but made some nice saves against a hot Bruins team. Mrazek's four allowed goals and .852 save percentage Thursday were uncharacteristic of the solid postseason he's been having -- the netminder went 5-3-0 before Game 1, posting a 2.22 GAA and .913 save percentage. Mrazek and the Jerks face another tough test Sunday -- Boston has won four straight and has averaged four goals per game over those contests.
Mrazek allowed four goals on 27 shots in Thursday's 5-2 loss to Boston in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Mrazek and the Hurricanes saw their 2-1 lead disappear early in the third period after Boston scored two power-play goals in a 28-second span. Despite his pedestrian stat line, Mrazek's performance deserves recognition, as he made several key saves in the final frame to keep his team within striking distance. However, his teammates couldn't solve Tuukka Rask over the final 30-plus minutes.
Mrazek (groin) will start between the pipes for Thursday's Game 1 road matchup with the Bruins, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Mrazek missed Games 3 and 4 of Carolina's second-round sweep of the Islanders after sustaining a groin injury in Game 2. While Curtis McElhinney performed well in his absence -- 2-0-0 record with a 2.00 GAA and .931 save percentage -- the Ontario native will return to the crease to kick off Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. So far in the postseason, Mrazek is 5-3-0, has allowed 20 goals, and boasts a 2.22 GAA and .913 save percentage.
Mrazek (groin) was a full participant at Monday's practice, NHL.com's Kurt Dusterberg reports.
Mrazek missed Games 3 and 4 of the Hurricanes' second-round sweep of the Islanders after exiting Game 2 due to a groin injury, and while Curtis McElhinney performed admirably in his absence, as long as he's healthy, all signs point to Mrazek taking back his starting gig for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Bruins. The 27-year-old netminder has yet to be officially cleared, but more information regarding his status for Game 1 against Boston should surface in the coming days.
Mrazek (groin) worked with the Hurricanes' goalie coach Thursday, but he won't be available versus the Islanders on Friday, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
After Curtis McElhinney put together a solid, 28-save performance in Game 3, Carolina shouldn't be worried about rushing Mrazek back into the crease. The 26-year-old is certainly making progress in his recovery, but would no doubt benefit from some extra time off if his teammates can pull off the sweep Friday.
Mrazek (groin) was on the ice for Wednesday's game-day skate, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
While Mrazek was already ruled out for Game 3 -- Curtis McElhinney will get the start -- the fact that the Czech netminder is already back skating bodes well for a potential return for Friday's Game 4 clash with the Islanders. The 26-year-old has been solid in the postseason, as he is sporting a 2.22 GAA and .913 save percentage.
Mrazek -- who is day-to-day with a suspected groin injury -- won't be available for Wednesday's Game 3 against the visiting Islanders, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports.
Carolina has a comfortable 2-0 lead in these conference semifinals, but Mrazek is the team's No. 1 goaltender, and now Curtis McElhinney will need to step up and prove that he can fill the void. Mrazek's day-to-day label suggests that the injury isn't a significant one, though Alex Nedeljkovic is on hand as the emergency backup in the interim.
Mrazek (lower body) was labeled day-to-day by coach Rod Brind'Amour heading into Wednesday's clash with the Islanders, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Mrazek was forced to leave Game 2 on Sunday after sustaining his lower-body issue, but appears to have avoided serious injury. Still, the bench boss didn't provide any additional details, so it remains unclear whether it will be Mrazek or backup Curtis McElhinney between the pipes for Game 3 on Wednesday.
Mrazek (lower body) left Sunday's Game 2 contest against the Islanders and will not return, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Mrazek left roughly six minutes into the second period of Sunday's contest and Curtis McElhinney replaced him with a 1-0 deficit. It's unclear what Mrazek's status is but a further update should be available soon.
Mrazek will tend the road twine in Sunday's Game 2 matchup versus the Islanders, NHL.com's Brian Compton reports.
Mrazek is playing well under pressure, as he has now won three straight games. Two of those contests were elimination games, and Game 1 where Mrazek stopped all 31 shots went to overtime. Counterpart Robin Lehner is on top of his game as well, so Mrazek will be a key factor as the Hurricanes try to bring a 2-0 series lead back to Carolina.
Mrazek turned aside all 31 shots he faced during Friday's 1-0 overtime win over the Islanders in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference second-round series.
Both goalies were brilliant in this one, but Mrazek made the more difficult saves throughout the night, including two huge stops on Josh Bailey in the first period. The 'Canes netminder also got a bit lucky when a second-period goal got waved off due to a goaltender interference call. It's Mrazek second shutout of this postseason after he blanked the Caps in Game 3 of the first round, and he'll take a 2.22 GAA and .914 save percentage into Sunday afternoon's tilt in New York.
Mrazek will guard the cage in Friday's Game 1 against the Islanders in New York, NHL.com's Brian Compton reports.
Mrazek struggled in the first two games of Carolina's first-round matchup with the Capitals, suffering back-to-back losses while posting an ugly 3.50 GAA and .860 save percentage, but he was rock solid during the final five games of the series, compiling a 4-1-0 record while registering a 2.18 GAA and .914 save percentage en route to a spot in the second round. The former Red Wing will look to keep rolling and pick up a third straight postseason win in a tough road matchup with a well-rested Islanders team that hasn't played since last Tuesday.
Mrazek set aside 34 of 37 shots against the Capitals in a prevailing effort for Game 7 of the conference quarterfinals Wednesday.
Despite allowing the game's first two goals, Mrazek was steadfast in this deciding contest, and the Hurricanes rallied back with three unanswered goals to move on to Round 2. These Stanley Cup playoffs have been unprecedented so far, with a number of league heavyweights getting knocked out of the opening round. Mrazek posted a 2.54 GAA and .899 save percentage against the Capitals; those aren't great numbers by any stretch of the imagination, but he clearly is the preferred option internally over Curtis McElhinney.
Mrazek will get the starting nod for Wednesday's Game 7 road clash with Washington.
Mrazek has been downright terrible as the visitor in this series, as he is sporting a 4.37 GAA and .833 save percentage on the road compared to 1.00 and .959, respectively, at home. The Czech netminder will need to bring his absolute best Wednesday to stop Alex Ovechkin & Co.'s pursuit of back-to-back Stanley Cup championships.
Mrazek turned aside 23 of 25 shots during Monday's 5-2 win over the Capitals in Game 6.
The Caps grabbed a 2-1 lead on an Alex Ovechkin goal late in the first period, but Mrazek slammed the door shut after that and the 'Canes took over the game. The 27-year-old netminder will take a 2.68 GAA and shaky .895 save percentage on the road for Wednesday's deciding Game 7.
Mrazek will start Game 6 against Washington, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports.
After permitting six goals on 28 shots in his last start, Mrazek will be hoping for a better result in Game 6, as he and his teammates look to stave off elimination. Considering his home form in these playoffs, Mrazek should be feeling confident, as the 27-year-old, in two home starts, holds a 2-0-0 record with a 0.50 GAA and .980 save percentage.
Mrazek allowed six goals on 28 shots in Saturday's 6-0 loss to the Capitals in Game 5.
After allowing just one goal in Games 3 and 4 combined, Mrazek produced a stinker, which sees the Hurricanes fall behind 3-2 in the series. Mrazek owns a 2.81 GAA and an .890 save percentage through five postseason appearances. It's unclear if he will patrol the crease in Monday's must-win Game 6.
Mrazek will get the starting nod for Saturday's Game 5 road clash with Washington, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Mrazek has shut down the Caps in the last two games, posting a 0.50 GAA and .980 save percentage. In 40 regular-season outings, the netminder went 23-14-3 with four shutouts and stole the starting job away from Scott Darling. While Mrazek can't win the series Saturday, he can set the Canes up with a 3-2 lead heading into Game 6 at home Monday.
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