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Petr Mrazek’s Year In Carolina

from Steven Ellis of The Hockey News,

The Carolina Hurricanes have been a fun team this year, even if they are all just a bunch of jerks. And nobody is having as much fun as Petr Mrazek, who simply can’t be beat right now.

With his 38-save shutout against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday, Mrazek has won his past six starts, a streak that began midway through February. His fourth shutout of the year was nothing short of incredible. These are the types of game-stealing victories he has been capable of in his career, and in a season full of ups and down, Mrazek has given the Hurricanes some life between the pipes.

Mrazek was seen as a reclamation project of sorts when he joined the Hurricanes last summer. Once regarded as a top young goaltending prospect with the Detroit Red Wings, Mrazek wasn’t able to steal the starting job away from Jimmy Howard and was traded to Philadelphia last season for two conditional draft picks, where he went on to finish with a 6-6-3 record in 17 games. As a result, he wasn’t tendered a qualifying offer by the Flyers (who, of course, have used eight goalies this season).

But on a low-risk, high-reward deal with Carolina, Mrazek has played some of his best hockey to date, sporting an 18-12-3 record and doing a nice job of taking over the starting role for the Hurricanes, likely playing well enough to have set a new career high for wins had he not missed time due to injury.

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ilovehomers's avatar

Lil petey went on a hot streak in February? Tell me where we have seen this before.

Good for him if he becomes consistent. But small samples…

Posted by ilovehomers on 03/14/19 at 11:37 AM ET

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Lil petey went on a hot streak in February? Tell me where we have seen this before.

Good for him if he becomes consistent. But small samples…

Posted by ilovehomers on 03/14/19 at 11:37 AM ET

Mrazek’s biggest problem was always that once opponents got real good video on him, he couldn’t evolve his game.  That’s the single biggest reason why Howard beat him out in DET—Howard has several times struggled and been stuck in funks, but then changed his game to fix it and deserves real credit for that.  Mrazek seemed to always just believe he was just good enough on his own and didn’t need to change.

Maybe Mrazek has or will change, and save his NHL career because that’s what he’s trying to do right now.  But I can’t help but wonder how much of it is just CAR’s defense vs PHI or DET’s.

Posted by Primis on 03/14/19 at 11:55 AM ET

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Good for Petr, having a nice stretch, but let’s not start sucking each other’s d*cks right now since his save percentage this year (.908) is the third worst of his seven years. He’s not exactly setting the world on fire with his play.

Of course, his save percentage is also almost exactly the same as Detroit’s saviour Jimmy Howard, so maybe Holland will offer them both $5M a year contracts so that they can lead Detroit to a brand-new dynasty.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 03/14/19 at 11:58 AM ET

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The hate - or let’s be charitable and say skepticism - re: Mrazek among some on this blog is bizarre.
Almost at HSJ levels.

I don’t disagree that Jimmy worked to adapt his game - in some ways like Osgood did years before.
But he’s had some bad bad stretches in recent years too.

How has Scott Darling been behind the vaunted Canes defense?

Not every sample that looks bad is the accurate sample just because it confirms one’s biases.
Nor is the sample or stretch that looks best.

I remember Mrazek almost stealing a round against a vastly better Tampa team.
And he’s getting it done for a team most had counted out. We will see where this all goes,
but I can also remember a few people on here basically calling Mrazek garbage and a dime a dozen and insisting his next stop was to finish his career in obscurity in Europe.

Not quite!

Posted by lefty.30 on 03/14/19 at 08:43 PM ET

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Not quite!

Since you can see into the future, care to share some Powerball winning numbers?

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 03/15/19 at 10:13 AM ET

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Also, I love that somehow the Mrazek defenders have won because he’s been so amazingly successful, with a save percentage standing 32nd in the league amongst goalies who have played at least 20 games.

24 teams have goalies with a better save percentage. Including Carolina.

Six teams have two goalies with better % than Mrazek, including Philadelphia, the team that has comically gone through 8 goalies this season.

But yeah, let’s start engraving Mrazek’s name on the Vezina because h’s playing completely average hockey.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 03/15/19 at 10:23 AM ET

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Good for Petr, having a nice stretch, but let’s not start sucking each other’s d*cks right now

Wait what?!

Since you can see into the future, care to share some Powerball winning numbers?

Stop

But yeah, let’s start engraving Mrazek’s name on the Vezina because h’s playing completely average hockey.

Who is doing this??

Do you hate everyone on here? Seriously, this is a legitimate question. I’m baffled by your choice to make so many points with unnecessary antagonism….

Posted by dreamsofhope from Colorado on 03/15/19 at 02:21 PM ET

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