Mrazek, who went 16-9-2 with a 2.38 goals-against average and .918 save percentage in 29 games, gets the nod over Jimmy Howard, who, when healthy, has been the Red Wings goalie in the Stanley Cup Playoffs each of the past five seasons. Howard went 23-13-11 with a 2.44 GAA and .910 save percentage in 53 games.
Islanders coach Jack Capuano had no update Monday on Hamonic and said he wasn't sure if he'd play in Game 1 on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; USA, TVA Sports, SN, CSN-DC), according to ESPN.com. Hamonic had five goals, 33 points and 85 penalty minutes along with a plus-15 rating in 71 games this season.
The Stars, who have already been eliminated from playoff contention, play their regular-season finale against the Nashville Predators. The Predators have already clinched second place in the Central Division, and await to see which team they'll play in a Western Conference First Round series. Nashville will play either the Chicago Blackhawks or the Minnesota Wild, pending the results Saturday.
Seguin is first on the Stars with 37 goals and second on the team with 77 points in 71 games played this season.
Seattle Thunderbirds center Mathew Barzal, No. 11 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, was one of 17 players named to compete for Canada at the 2015 IIHF Under-18 World Championship in Switzerland, April 16-26.
Barzal, who finished with 12 goals and 57 points in 44 games for the Thunderbirds in the Western Hockey League this season, is one of four players on the roster projected as 2015 first-round picks. On defense, No. 16 Thomas Chabot of the Saint John Sea Dogs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and No. 21 Jeremy Roy of the Sherbrooke Phoenix, were selected. Prince George Cougars center Jansen Harkins was No. 15 on Central Scouting's final ranking.
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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