Marek Mazanec gave his team the boost it needed when he made 39 saves against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday. The team will be looking to him to do the same thing again tonight as the Preds go hunting for their second consecutive victory as they take on the Detroit Red Wings.
After rolling with Carter Hutton over and over again after Pekka Rinne’s injury, Nashville finally decided to give Mazanec a shot. The Czech native didn’t let them down against Chicago, and they’re hoping for the same sort of effort against Detroit.
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The 22-year-old doesn’t speak a whole lot of English, but he seems to understand that the Predators live and die with their goaltender. He was phenomenal against the ‘Hawks and will look to stick to his winning ways against a Wings team that usually is capable of supplying a ton of offense.
That hasn’t been the case recently for Detroit though, and they’ll be icing 11 forwards and seven defensemen tonight against Nashville. This is a great opportunity for a promising young netminder to keep rolling, but more importantly, this is a chance for the Predators to continue to undo the damage that’s been done since Rinne went on the IR.
They’ve struggled badly to put complete efforts together recently, and had been jammed up in a four-game slump prior to downing the ‘Hawks. Will Mazanec go the way of Reto Berra, who played wonderfully against Chicago in his NHL debut only to get pounded on in his next start? Or will he continue to roll for the Predators?