The Nashville Predators are going back to the goaltending rodeo from earlier this season. Marek Mazanec has been recalled and will be joining the Predators tonight. Meanwhile, Juuse Saros has been reassigned to the Milwaukee Admirals. This roster move comes on a day in which the Predators and Admirals will both be doing battle against the Detroit Red Wings organization. The Admirals face the Grand Rapids Griffins on the road at 6:00 PM CST tonight.
Mazanec started his season with the Predators and made 4 appearances and 2 starts where he had a 4.72 goals against average and 0.839 save percentage. It seemed that his move down to the Admirals back on 12/14/16 was a permanent move down to the AHL. He spent the AHL All-Star break, this past week, clearing out his Nashville apartment (interview). With the Admirals he has logged 23 starts, has won 12 games, and has a 2.61 goals against average, 0.910 save percentage, and 3 shutouts.
Saros is returning to the AHL by no means of poor performance. He’s actually done better statistically in the NHL this season. For the Predators he has made 10 starts while holding a 1.79 goals against average and 0.941 save percentage. On 12/30/16, Saros earned his first career NHL shutout while stopping 25/25 shots on goal against the St. Louis Blues. With the Admirals this season Saros has made 13 starts, won 11 games, and has a 1.76 goals against average, 0.938 save percentage, with a shutout.
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So I would assume this is to give Saros another start while Rinne stars for the Preds. I think it’s well known at this point who is the real backup for Nashville is. I can easily imagine next season Rinne and Saros splitting time 50/50.