Dallas — It may or may not have been Jimmy Howard's turn to start Monday in Dallas, but there was another reason Howard was thrust into the starting lineup.
Petr Mrazek’s groin was hurting, which forced the Red Wings to call up goaltender Jared Coreau from Grand Rapids.
General manager Ken Holland said Mrazek will be re-evaluated Wednesday morning before they play the Chicago Blackhawks later that evening (the Red Wings don’t practice Tuesday).
“Mrazek is day to day,” Holland said. “It’s a tender groin. It’s nothing serious.
“We’ll see how he is Wednesday.”
Holland insisted it was important not to gamble with Mrazek’s health, and especially what can be a tricky injury such as groin.
“Why risk further injury?” Holland said.
Mrazek took over as the team’s starting goaltender after a brilliant stretchin January and ranks among the league leaders in most goaltending statistics.
Mrazek is 24-11-6 with a 2.10 goals-against average and .927 save percentage with four shutouts.
Saturday in the Stadium Series game in Denver, Mrazek stopped 26 shots in a 5-3 Red Wings victory.
Howard earned the start Monday against Dallas, one week after arguably the best start of this season, though it ended in a 1-0 overtime loss to the New York Rangers.
Coreau, 24, has been a key reason behind Grand Rapids’ success this season.
Coreau is second in the American League with 26 wins, fourth with a 2.27 GAA, and third with a .928 save percentage, along with four shutouts (third in the AHL).