Carter Hutton hasn’t started for the Nashville Predators since November 10. The net has belonged to Marek Mazanec since then, but his play has fallen off drastically as of late. Mazanec is 0-4-1 in his last five starts, and head coach Barry Trotz has been critical of the netminder’s play.
He spoke to Josh Cooper of The Tennessean, and indicated that he could go in a different direction in net when he said “right now, unfortunately, we’re not getting the goaltending that we need.”
Mazanec helped the Predators scrape along for a little while, but has seen his record drop to 5-7-1 on the year despite being named the NHL’s rookie of the month last month. Most of Nashville’s struggles can’t be pinned on the 22-year-old, but on December 5 against the Carolina Hurricanes he came up short with a .692 save percentage.
He followed that performance up with a .848 save percentage outing on December 7 against the Washington Capitals. Those two outings have led to speculation that Hutton could get back into a game for the Predators. He also spoke to Cooper, and said that “it’s tough when you’re just practicing because you don’t have a measuring stick.”
Hutton is 4-3-1 on the year, and sports a .894 save percentage to go along with a 3.26 GAA.