Petr Mrazek Returns

On Sunday afternoon the Detroit Red Wings played an atrocious game against the Boston Bruins, losing 5-3 in a one-sided contest.

Backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson played the first of back-to-back games as the Edmonton Oilers visit Joe Louis Arena tonight to take on Jimmy Howard.

Howard played the third period as an unspecified injury removed Gustavsson from the game. It’s not clear what Gustavsson’s ailment is, but it may have something to do with being run into by Boston’s Milan Lucic, who took a penalty on the play.

With Gustavsson being labeled as day-to-day, the Wings recalled Grand Rapids Griffins goalie, Petr Mrazek.

Petr the Great

Mrazek has been stellar this season, with 13 wins in just 18 starts while Howard and Gustavsson were both battling injuries to begin 2015.

With a .909 SV% and a 2.55 GGA, his numbers aren’t anything great, but he’s also just 23 years old and has yet to get 30 NHL games under his belt.

With injury-plagued Jonas Gustavsson’s contract up at the end of the season, the Wings will almost certainly part ways with him and move Mrazek into the backup position. A position that will allow him more experience at the NHL level and hopefully, push Howard for the starting job next year.

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