“I mean I just watched the guys play, and I just thought that Mrazek would give us the best way to start the series.”
Howard would not speculate what Babcock’s decision to go with Mrazek for the first game of the playoffs means for his future in Detroit.
“There’s risk in anything you do,” Babcock said Monday after he announced Mrazek will start the first playoff game against Tampa Bay.
Petr Mrazek will start in goal for the Detroit Red Wings in Game 1 of their playoff series against Tampa Bay.
“He won last time out, he’s our veteran guy,” Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock said. “And now Jimmy, the ball’s in his court right here.”
“When you wake up today, you play the guy and the players that you think give you the best chance to win that night,” Holland said.
I want to be out there every single night, but Coach feels like I don’t deserve it,” Howard said Friday.
The starting goaltender job of the Detroit Red Wings appears to be up for grabs.
“Just go the full five minutes 3-on-3,” Zetterberg said, “and if you do that, there’s a good chance it will be ending before shootouts.”
Goaltending and three-on-three overtime will be at the forefront of discussions when NHL general managers gather Monday in Boca Raton, Fla.