“Think they both can be prominent players,” Babcock said. “It’s going to take them some time to adjust, but we think it’ll be a factor.”
“I think everybody’s starting to watch the standings every day, to be honest with you,” Kronwall said.
Mrazek will stick around for at least one more game, backing up Howard in Saturday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets.
“Even it was only four shots, it’s still four shots I haven’t had in a month,” Howard said.
“Not going to give it up that easy, that’s for sure,” Howard said Tuesday as he sat in his locker and Mrazek sat in the next stall.
Petr Mrazek gave up five goals in two periods Thursday to the Tampa Bay Lightning, who jumped into first place in the East with the win.
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has joined a campaign to raise awareness and funds for mental health initiatives, which includes a 5 cents donation per social media mention on Facebook and Twitter.
The Red Wings own a record of 27-11-9 heading into the All-Star Break, and Babcock expressed surprise that the season has gone well so far.
In the six games Mrazek has played in January, five times he has limited opponents to two goals or fewer.
Howard had been allowing an average of 2.11 goals, fourth in the league, and had been selected for the All-Star Game.