The Nashville Predators have reassigned goaltender Marek Mazenec to the Milwaukee Admirals this afternoon. The move comes at the perfect time as Milwaukee faces its final three games in three nights stretch of the season this weekend.
The news comes of the heels of goaltender Pekka Rinne proclaiming himself fit and ready for Thursday’s Predators game against Anaheim. Yesterday Rinne told reporters that he felt better and expected to be back this week. Originally he had been expected to be out three to five weeks with a sprained knee after injuring it against Vancouver on January 13. The Vezina and Hart trophy candidate gave up his first ever NHL All-Star game selection in process.
During his latest two-part stint in the Music City, Mazenec added two more NHL appearances to his budding resume, stopping 43 of 47 shots, allowing two goals in a 3-0 loss in his latest appearance on January 30 against Colorado, and a no decision in relief duty during a 5-2 loss to Detroit on January 17. The 23-year-old now has 27 games of NHL experience on his resume.
After a tough November and December, where he recorded just three wins, Mazenec has been a perfect five-for-five with Milwaukee in January, including a 27-save overtime shutout of Rockford.
The Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic native currently sports a 13-8-3 record in 25 games with Milwaukee this season. He has a 2.41 goals against average and .909 save percentage. Tandem partner Magnus Hellberg is statistically the best goaltender in the AHL, with a 12-5-3 record, to go along with a league best 1.80 GAA and .932 save percentage in 23 games.
If Tuesday night’s game against Toronto was indeed Carter Hutton‘s last appearance for Nashville for a while, he sure left quite the memory. The former Rockford IceHog made the save of the year last night preserving 4-3 win over the Maple Leafs.
So Roundtable . . . Are you excited to have Hellberg and Mazenec back in the net for Milwaukee? Will the two goaltenders continue to split games, or will coach Dean Evason pick one horse to ride for the stretch run based on play?