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.
As the Red Wings try to snap a three-game losing streak, Abdelkader returns to action after missing seven games with a shoulder injury.
Babcock signed a four-year extension with the Red Wings in 2010, which expires at the end of the 2014-2015 campaign.
“We have to continue to move the puck better and get better structurally,” coach Mike Babcock said, “but I like lots of things about us.”
Babcock told 97.1 The Ticket the disagreement did not mean friction between him and Holland, at least no more than usual.
For the past three years, I’ve put together an annual list of the eight local coaches in terms of job security.
Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings, Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche are finalists for the Jack Adams Award.
“We’re going to be way younger than you’re used to,” Babcock said. “We’re going to end up with a lot of kids on this team.”
Holland said he had not spoken to Babcock about his contract but anticipated doing so.