Due to the injury of Detroit red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, the Red Wings recalled goaltender Petr Mrazek from the Grand Rapids Griffins on Tuesday.
Mrazek, 21, prevented 21 of 24 shots in his season debut with the Griffins in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Hamilton Bulldogs last Saturday.
During his rookie campaign with the team last year, Mrazek posted a 23-16-2 record, a 0.916 save percentage and a 2.33 GAA. The Ostrava, Czech Republic, native backstopped Grand Rapids to its first-ever Calder Cup championship, producing a 15-9 record, a 2.31 GAA, a 0.916 save percentage and a franchise-record four shutouts during the playoffs.
Mrazek also became the second goalie in history to earn a victory in his NHL, AHL and ECHL debuts in one season.
The Red Wings host the Columbus Blue Jackets at Joe Louis Arena tonight, when Mrazek will be available to play.
The Griffins (2-0-1-0) will host the Milwaukee Admirals at Van Andel Arena Friday at 7:00pm for the home opener. Before the puck drops, the team will raise its championship banner to celebrate last year’s Calder Cup victory. On Saturday, Oct. 19th at 8:00pm, the Griffins will face the Rockford IceHogs in the fourth road game of the season.