Guest Post by Franklin Steele:
Petr Mrazek should start in net for the Detroit Red Wings when they take on the St. Louis Blues tonight. I don't know an awful lot about the young netminder, but I do know this one fact. It should be him and not Howard to take on the central division rivals in action this evening.
For starters, our man Howard needs a rest. Sadly there is no trophy in the NHL awarded to goalies who play an obscene amount of games for their respective club, but if there were then Jimmy would be in the running. He's been one of the busiest guys around this year as everyone who could possibly back him up besides Mrazek are out with an injury.
But I say bury the logic just this once and do something to shake this team up. If the powers that be refuse to make a "knee-jerk" trade to try and ice an actual NHL-quality hockey team, that's fine. At least do something to snap at half of this team out of their collective, if I was a Blue I'd die-la-de-da-da-da slumber.
Really really REALLY looking forward to seeing this kid in net tonight. Like, completely & redonkulously excited about it. Now if we could just get Nyquist up here.
Also? If those asshats decide to run Mrazek, I really hope we get to see some Kronwalling. I've been missing it a lot.
I think this is a good move. He's not going to feel the same pressure or have had the same bad experiences with the Blues as Howard, they are just another team to him. Often goalies play their best when faced with the best, I say let him at it!
I agree to give him a chance, but goaltending isn't the problem, you have to score goals to win and your defense can't keep making stupid turnover. I'm hoping Holland will make a trade, I'm betting we end up getting Getzlaf, Perry, or Ryan...the ducks can't afford to resign all three of them. In my opinion we should have made an offer sheet on Subban when we had the chance
I'd like to see him tonight. Let him show what hes got against a team that's supposed to be the best in the West - Jordan
Any other season I agree with this post, but with the need to get as much points as possible, I'd prefer we start Mrazek against a team that isn't in the central. Completely agree Tiberius needs a rest.
Benching Cleary is a no-brainer at this stage, putting Nyquist and Tatar on each side of Abby would be intriguing..
(Eyes roll at mention of Quincey). And though I do like the idea of Peter the Griffin getting a shot, a back to back night seems better!