Mrazek allowed six goals on 26 shots in a 6-4 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 4 on Saturday.
The veteran was unable to replicate his Game 3 performance, yielding four unanswered Tampa Bay goals to close out the game, with the first three coming in the final 5:22 of the second period after the Hurricanes had built a 4-2 lead. It's not yet known whether Carolina will stick with Mrazek or turn back to rookie Alex Nedeljkovic -- who owns a .920 save percentage in the playoffs -- for Game 5 on Tuesday.
Mrazek will guard the road cage during Saturday's Game 4 versus the Lightning, Cory Lavalette of the North State Journal reports.
Mrazek was excellent in Thursday's Game 3 against Tampa Bay, stopping 35 of 37 shots en route to a 3-2 victory. The 29-year-old netminder will try to help the Hurricanes even up the series at two games apiece by picking up a second straight win over the Lightning on Saturday.
Mrazek allowed two goals on 37 shots in Thursday's 3-2 overtime win over the Lightning in Game 3.
Mrazek made his playoff debut and performed well. Both of the Lightning's goals came with a Hurricane in the penalty box. The 29-year-old goalie had a 2.06 GAA and a .923 save percentage with a 6-2-3 record in 12 regular-season contests this year before beginning the playoffs as Alex Nedeljkovic's backup. With a critical win Thursday, Mrazek is likely to get the starting nod again in Saturday's Game 4.
Mrazek will be between the pipes on the road against the Lightning in Thursday's Game 3, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Mrazek will be making his first appearance in the crease during the playoffs, having last logged minutes versus Nashville on May 10. While Alex Nedeljkovic has hardly struggled in the first two games against the Lightning, as he's sporting a 2.04 GAA and .911 save percentage, the change to Mrazek could fuel the Canes to begin climbing out of their 2-0 series deficit.
Mrazek allowed five goals on 27 shots in Monday's 5-0 loss to the Predators.
Predators goalie Pekka Rinne made the Hurricanes look more like the Tropical Storms, which resulted in Mrazek getting no support in the loss. The 29-year-old finishes the regular season with a 6-2-3 record, a 2.06 GAA and a .923 save percentage in 12 games. Monday was his worst game of the season, but he should be part of the goaltending plan heading into the Hurricanes' first-round playoff series versus the Predators.
Mrazek will start Monday's season finale in Nashville, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Mrazek will look to add to a strong stat line that's included a 6-1-3 record, 1.77 GAA and .934 save percentage. The injury-plagued netminder has returned to full health down the stretch and will likely get the nod over Alex Nedeljkovic to begin the postseason for the Central division champion Hurricanes.
Mrazek allowed two goals on 27 shots in Thursday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Blackhawks.
Mrazek had a 1-0 lead to protect for the final 50 minutes of the game, but he allowed an equalizer to Riley Stillman with 3:01 left in regulation. Alex DeBrincat then beat Mrazek for the game-winner in overtime. The 29-year-old goalie slipped to 6-1-3 with a 1.77 GAA and a .934 save percentage in 11 appearances. The Hurricanes' last two games of the regular season are in Nashville on Saturday and Monday.
Mrazek will patrol the crease during Thursday's home game versus the Blackhawks.
Mrazek was decent in his last start Tuesday against Chicago, stopping 27 of 30 shots en route to a comfy 6-3 win. The 29-year-old goaltender will try to secure a second straight victory in a rematch with the same Blackhawks team Thursday.
Mrazek (lower body) allowed three goals on 30 shots in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Blackhawks.
After an eight-game absence, Mrazek performed well enough to get a win with some help from the Hurricanes' offense. The Czech netminder improved to 6-1-2 with a 1.75 GAA and a .934 save percentage through 10 games. The 29-year-old will likely be eased back into action, but he could be the Hurricanes' primary goaltender in the playoffs.
Mrazek (lower body) will patrol the crease during Tuesday's home game versus Chicago, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Mrazek has missed Carolina's last eight games with a lower-body injury, but he's now fully healthy and will get the opportunity to get dialed in during the last week of the regular season before the Hurricanes' first-round playoff series. The 29-year-old netminder will attempt to secure his sixth win of the year in a home matchup with a struggling Blackhawks team that's lost five straight games.
Mrazek (lower body) remains unavailable ahead of Thursday's game versus Detroit, Cory Lavalette of the North State Journal reports.
Mrazek will miss a sixth straight game Thursday, and the Hurricanes have yet to release any details regarding a potential timetable for his return, so at this point he should be considered out indefinitely. Alex Nedeljkovic and James Reimer will continue to serve as Carolina's top-two netminders until Mrazek is given the green light.
Mrazek (lower body) is not dressed for Tuesday's matchup with the Stars, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Mrazek will sit out his fourth straight game due to the injury. In his stead, Alex Nedeljkovic and James Reimer continue to tend the twine.
Mrazek (lower body) will remain sidelined Monday in Dallas, Cory Lavalette of the North State Journal reports.
With two other healthy and capable goalies on the roster, the team is playing it extra safe with Mrazek's lower-body injury, which has been described as minor. James Reimer will start Monday, with Alex Nedeljkovic working as the backup.
According to coach Rod Brind'Amour, Mrazek (lower body) could play if he "had to," but the 29-year-old netminder will remain out of the lineup for Saturday's game against Florida, Sara Civian of The Athletic reports.
The Hurricanes have two healthy and capable goaltenders in Alex Nedeljkovic and James Reimer, so there's no reason for them to rush Mrazek back before he's fully healthy, especially considering Carolina currently sits in first place in the Central division. Another update on Mrazek should surface once he's deemed fit to play.
Mrazek won't dress for Thursday's game versus Florida due to a lower-body injury, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
The Hurricanes have yet to release any details regarding the severity of the injury, but Alex Nedeljkovic and James Reimer will hold down the fort in goal for Carolina until Mrazek is ready to return. Mrazek has gone 5-1-2 while posting a highly impressive 1.60 GAA and .939 save percentage in nine games this campaign.
Mrazek made 33 saves in Monday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Lightning.
The 29-year-old continues to shine and Mrazek hasn't taken a regulation loss since returning from thumb surgery, going 3-0-2 over his last five starts. On the season, he carries a sparkling 1.66 GAA and .939 save percentage, albeit in only nine appearances.
Mrazek's expected to start Monday against the Lightning, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Mrazek's only other meeting with the Lightning was a 32-save shutout, so he'll hope to replicate that performance in this rematch. Despite a strong season from Alex Nedeljkovic, Mrazek remains the top option in Carolina's net when healthy, with a 5-1-1 record, 1.41 GAA and .944 save percentage.
Mrazek allowed a goal on 20 shots in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Predators.
The only goal Mrazek gave up came on a shorthanded breakaway by Erik Haula in the third period. The 29-year-old Mrazek picked up his third win in his last four starts and improved to 5-1-1 overall this year. He has a 1.41 GAA and a .944 save percentage in eight appearances. The Hurricanes haven't named a starting goalie for Saturday's rematch versus the Predators.
Mrazek will start between the pipes for Thursday's clash with Nashville, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports.
The 29-year-old has looked sharp since coming back from injury April 4, going 2-1-0 along with a 1.95 GAA and .935 save percentage over three appearances. Mrazek will face off against the Predators for the first time this season, as he's gone 9-1-0 along with a .930 save percentage in his career against the club. Mrazek will draw a nice matchup against a Nashville offense that sits just 26th in the league in goals per contest this season (2.53).
Mrazek allowed four goals on 28 shots Saturday in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Red Wings.
It was a frustrating night for Mrazek, with two of Detroit's goals coming off odd bounces directly in front of the net. Still, the 28-year-old owns a sparkling .935 save percentage in three starts since returning from a lengthy injury absence last weekend.
|Last 7 Games|
|06/05||@ TB||L 4-6||1||6||20||26|
|06/03||@ TB||W 3-2 (OT)||1||2||35||37|
|05/10||@ NSH||L 0-5||1||5||22||27|
|05/06||vs CHI||L 1-2 (OT)||1||2||25||27|
|05/04||vs CHI||W 6-3||1||3||27||30|
|04/19||@ TB||L 2-3 (OT)||1||3||33||36|
|04/15||vs NSH||W 4-1||1||1||19||20|
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