Wings' Mrazek looks to bounce back from bad win
Detroit — One of Petr Mrazek’s strengths has been his ability to forget a bad game or goal.
There haven’t been many moments like that, but last weekend’s game against the Bruins comes to mind as forgettable.
While the Red Wings won 6-5, Mrazek allowed five goals on 27 shots.
“We got the win, nobody will ever ask me how the game went, we won the game and now we have to get ready for the next one,” Mrazek said.
That performance, though, makes Thursday night’s road game against the Penguins an ideal time for a bounce-back game.
“He’s done a good job with that,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said of Mrazek’s abililty to move forward. “Whether it’s been bad goals or bad games, I’ve said it before, he has a short memory which is a positive thing for a goalie.
“(But) you’re also judged by every single performance and the next chance he has, he has to give himself another chance to build on that resume of being a real good bounce-back goalie.”
The Red Wings will honor former captain Nicklas Lidstrom on Tuesday when they host the Blue Jackets.
Lidstrom will participate in a ceremonial puck drop before the game, and several in-game videos will also showcase Lidstrom’s career and induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
All fans in attendance will receive a Lidstrom collectible print.
... Blashill said he’s not making any changes to the lineup against Pittsburgh, meaning forward Teemu Pulkkinen will be a healthy scratch for an eighth consecutive game.
“As long as we like the results of the guys we have in, we’ll stay with that for now,” Blashill said. “It’s not easy to go a long time without playing, that’s for certain. He’s going to have to stay strong mentally and make sure if he does get the opportunity, that he’s prepared to go.”
Red Wings at Penguins
Faceoff: 7 p.m. Thursday, Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh
TV/radio: NBCSN, FSD/97.1
Outlook: The Penguins are 1-0 against the Red Wings. ... Pittsburgh is without C Evgeni Malkin (lower body), who is day-to-day. ... C Sidney Crosby (53 points, 24 goals) started slowly but has heated up.