The Detroit Red Wings were one of a handful of teams that Jonas Gustavsson considered signing with when he came over from Sweden during the 2009-10 season. “Monster” opted to go with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and struggled mightily while wearing the blue and white of the Original Six franchise.
So when the Wings came knocking after Gustavsson became a free agent after the 2011-12 season, he was all too happy to sign on the dotted line to become the No. 2 goalie behind Jimmy Howard. While there’s no doubt about who the man is in Detroit, Gustavsson is certainly pushing the incumbent for playing time right now.
He’ll get another start tonight when the Wings take on the New Jersey Devils as Howard continues to struggle to find ways to win. Head coach Mike Babcock spoke to Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News and had this to say about “Monster”:
We have to win games and he’s been doing that now for us. He’s been real good for us. He’s found a way to get hit by pucks and found a way to win. I don’t know if that’s because we’ve relaxed more on the road, I don’t know the answer to that. But we’re in the winning business and we need points.
Gustavsson has yet to lose a game this year and carries a 7-0-1 record into tonight’s contest against New Jersey.