Petr Mrazek is taking another trip to Hockeytown.
The Detroit Red Wings called Mrazek up from Grand Rapids on Friday in place of Jonas Gustavsson, who is dealing with a neck injury.
According to Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, Gustavsson tweaked his neck on Wednesday night during warmups in Vancouver before their game against the Canucks. Gustavsson is listed as day-to-day with the injury.
While Mrazek is likely up to be Jimmy Howard‘s back-up until Gustavsson is healthy again, the Red Wings play back-to-back games in Calgary and Edmonton today and tomorrow. Therefore, it’s possible that the 21-year-old Czech goaltender could start one of those games to give Howard some rest if he doesn’t want to play on consecutive nights on the road.
If Gustavsson is out for any length of time, Mrazek is a nice replacement option to have.
Mrazek played two games for the Red Wings last season, posting a 1-1-0 record with 2.02 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage.
In five games with Grand Rapids this season, Mrazek is 2-2-1 with a 3.14 goals-against average and an .891 save percentage.
Mrazek led Griffins to the Calder Cup last season, posting a 15-9 record in the playoffs. He also posted a 2.31 goals-against average, a .916 save percentage, and four shutouts en route to the AHL championship.