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by Paul on 11/01/13 at 10:07 AM ET
From the Red Wings' PR department:
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled goaltender Petr Mrazek from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
A native of Ostrava, Czech Republic, Mrazek has appeared in five games with Grand Rapids this season, posting a 2-2-1 record with a 3.14 GAA and 0.891 save percentage. The 21-year-old netminder has played in two career NHL games, winning his Red Wings debut last season with 26 saves in a 5-1 win at St. Louis on Feb. 7. He has a 1-1 record with Detroit, alongside a 2.02 GAA and 0.922 save percentage.
As a first-year pro in 2012-13, Mrazek posted a 23-26-2 record with a 2.33 GAA and 0.916 save percentage in 42 regular-season appearances. He helped Grand Rapids to a Calder Cup championship, playing every minute of the team’s 24 playoff games with a 15-9 record, 2.31 GAA, 0.916 save percentage and four shutouts.
Update: St. James confirms in text form...
The Detroit Red Wings have called up goaltender Petr Mrazek.
General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press today that backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson strained his neck during warm-ups in Vancouver on Wednesday night. Gustavsson practiced Thursday.
Mrazek will back up Jimmy Howard when the Wings play the Calgary Flames at the Saddledome tonight (9 p.m., FS-Plus). The Wings play at Edmonton on Saturday; usually when a team plays two nights in a row, the backup goaltender will play one of the games.
And the Griffins state that they've recalled Jared Coreau rom Toledo to sub for Mrazek:
The Detroit Red Wings on Friday recalled goaltender Petr Mrazek from Grand Rapids and reassigned goaltender Jared Coreau to the Griffins from the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye.
Mrazek, 21, has appeared in five contests with the Griffins this season, yielding a 2-2-1 record, a 3.14 goals against average and a 0.891 save percentage. During his rookie campaign with the team last year, Mrazek posted a 23-16-2 record, a 0.916 save percentage and a 2.33 GAA. The Ostrava, Czech Republic, native backstopped Grand Rapids to its first-ever Calder Cup championship, producing a 15-9 record, a 2.31 GAA, a 0.916 save percentage and a franchise-record four shutouts during the playoffs. Mrazek also became the second goalie in history to earn a victory in his NHL, AHL and ECHL debuts in one season.
Coreau, 21, made his professional debut with Grand Rapids in a 3-4 overtime loss to the Toronto Marlies on Oct. 5. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound netminder has appeared in two games with the Walleye this season, producing a 0-1-1 record, a 3.49 GAA and a 0.877 save percentage. Prior to being signed to a three-year entry-level contract by Detroit, Coreau spent three seasons with Northern Michigan University, where he posted a 15-19-4 record, a 2.70 GAA, a 0.919 save percentage and one shutout after starting in all 38 games during his junior year.
Mrazek will be available to play tonight when the Wings face the Calgary Flames at 9 p.m. EDT at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Griffins (5-2-1-1) will hit the road this weekend, battling the Lake Erie Monsters for the first time this season tonight at 7:30 p.m. and the Rockford IceHogs on Sunday at 5 p.m. EST.
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