The Red Wings have assigned Teemu Pulkkinen to Grand Rapids (AHL).
Pulkkinen, 23, scored his first career NHL goal last night vs. the Wild. With the Red Wing done until after the All Star break, Pulkkinen has been sent down, but could be recalled after the break if Johan Franzen and Tomas Jurco still are not ready
Mrazek was pulled after allowing three goals on seven shots in the Red Wings 6-4 win over the Sabres on Sunday. Despite the rough outing, the Red Wings will go back to Mrazek tonight vs. Minnesota. Mrazek is 4-1-0 with a 2.29 GAA and .914 SV% in his last five starts.
Mrazek turned aside 34 of 36 shots in the Red Wings 5-2 victory over Nashville last night. He will start again tonight, having won three straight starts with a 1.63 GAA and .944 SV%. He is filling in admirably for Jimmy Howard and should be a great start tonight with the Sabres rolling into town.
Mrazek allowed two goals on 27 shots in the Red Wings 3-2 OT win over the Blues on Thursday. He has gone 3-1-0 with a 1.75 GAA and .928 SV% in his last three starts with one relief appearance. He will face a Nashville team who have won five in row, but will be without Pekka Rinne.
Mrazek stopped 25 of 26 shots in the Red Wings 3-1 win over the Sabres on Tuesday. The win moved him to 6-3-1 with a 2.16 GAA and .920 SV% on the season. Tonight he will make his third career start (fourth appearance) vs. the Blues—He is 2-0-0 with a 0.80 GAA, .969 SV% and one shutout in their previous encounters.
Ken Holland said ultrasound confirmed Howard has slight groin tear; will miss 2-4 weeks.
Howard will be out until late-January to mid-February, which was basically the best case scenario for the Red Wings. When Howie was stretchered off of the ice, it looked as if he would miss much longer. However, groin injuries with goalies can be very difficult to manage, so the Red Wings will be extremely careful with Howard.
Mrazek allowed two goals on 12 shots after replacing the injured Jimmy Howard in the Red Wings’ 3-1 loss to Washington on Saturday. The Petr Mrazek era in Detroit begins tonight and he draws a great matchup vs. the Sabres. Also fellow Czech legend, Dominik Hasek’s jersey will be retired tonight, so should be a big night for the 22-year-old Mrazek.
Howard will be out 2-4 weeks with a slight groin tear.
Howard had an MRI on Sunday that revealed a slight groin tear. He will have an ultrasound on Monday to see the extent of the damage. Howard will be out until at least late-January, possible into February and beyond. The Red Wings will now turn to Petr Mrazek as their starter.
The Red Wings have placed Jimmy Howard (groin) on injured reserve.
Howard underwent an MRI on Sunday, but the Red Wings placed him on IR before the results of the MRI were even revealed. He will miss at least the next seven days, but based on how the injury looked, expect him to be out much longer than that. Petr Mrazek has been elevated to the Red Wings starter with Howard out.
Howard had to be stretchered off of the ice after suffering a groin injury less than two minutes into Saturday’s loss to the Capitals. He will head back to Detroit to undergo tests to determine the severity of his injury. Petr Mrazek will serve as the Red Wings’ starter and another goalie will have to be recalled to back him up with Jonas Gustavsson still out with a shoulder injury.
Howard allowed two goals on 23 shots in the Red Wings win in Edmonton on Tuesday. He was given Wednesday night off, but he will be back between the pipes tonight in Washington. He has won three of five with a 2.19 GAA and .919 SV%.
Jurco (back) will miss at least one week; could be shutdown until after the All Star break.
Jurco will miss at least the next three games with a disc issue in his back. Should be be shutdown until after the All-Star break, then he will miss at least six games. This should let the Red Wings take a long look at Teemu Pulkinen.
Kindl has missed the last five games with an elbow injury, but was back at practice on Friday morning. He is eligible to return to the lineup on Saturday vs. the Capitals, but there is no word if he will.
The Red Wings have recalled Teemu Pulkkinen from Grand Rapids (AHL).
Pulkkinen, 23, leads the AHL with 20 goals and is tied for second in points with 39. He failed to record a point in three games with the Red Wings last season. He is likely to make his season debut on Saturday in Washington.