After Carter Hutton failed to live up to even the most mild expectations for the Nashville Predators, Marek Mazanec has taken the opportunity to show the league what he can do and ran away with it. He’ll be making his tenth consecutive start for the Preds this evening when the team squares off with the Philadelphia Flyers.
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Mazanec struggled a bit in his last outing, dropping a 3-0 decision to the Edmonton Oilers. Nashville seems content to keep rolling out the rookie netminder though, and it’s tough to blame them for their faith.
He’s 5-4 since taking over the starting gig, but his performances have been stellar for the most part. Mazanec is seventh in the NHL in both save percentage and GAA, and is third in shutouts. Not only has Mazanec stepped in and played well in place of Hutton, but he’s outperformed Pekka Rinne to this point in the season as well.
Probably a bit more than Nashville was bargaining for when they gave him the nod for the first time on November 8, but it’s impossible to argue with the results. With a little more scoring support Mazanec’s record would be much better, but the goalie will need to elevate his game a bit as Shea Weber will miss his first contest after taking a puck to the eye on November 28.