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Predators' Mazanec named Rookie of the Month

Tuesday, 12.03.2013 / 1:00 PM / News


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Predators' Mazanec named Rookie of the Month
Predators goaltender Marek Mazanec has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for November.

NEW YORK - Nashville Predators goaltender Marek Mazanec, who posted a 5-4-1 record with a 2.00 goals-against average, .932 save percentage and two shutouts in 11 appearances, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for November.

Mazanec edged New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (4-9—13 in 15 games), San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (5-5—10 in 13 games), Los Angeles Kings center Tyler Toffoli (4-5—9 in 13 games), Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (4-5—9 in 14 games) and Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug (3-6—9 in 15 games) for the honor.

Mazanec, 22, made his NHL debut Nov. 8 versus the Winnipeg Jets, stopping 22 shots in relief of Carter Hutton. He recorded his first victory with a career-high 39 saves in a 7-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks Nov. 16. Mazanec posted his first career shutout in the following game, making 27 saves in a 2-0 triumph over the Detroit Red Wings Nov. 19. He added his second blank sheet with a 19-save performance in a 4-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets Nov. 27.

Mazanec, a native of Pisek, Czech Republic, was selected by the Predators in the sixth round (179th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft. He joins fellow Czech Republic native Hertl (October) as a Rookie of the Month winner this season.

Marek Mazanec in November

Date Opponent MIN SA SV GA Result
Nov. 8 at Winnipeg 51:37 24 22 2 5-0 loss (no decision)
Nov. 12 at NY Islanders 57:40 33 30 3 3-1 loss
Nov. 15 at Pittsburgh 39:48 25 21 4 4-1 loss
Nov. 16 CHICAGO 60:00 41 39 2 7-2 win
Nov. 19 at Detroit 60:00 27 27 0 2-0 win
Nov. 21 at Toronto 60:00 26 24 2 4-2 win
Nov. 23 NY RANGERS 58:25 34 32 2 2-0 loss
Nov. 25 PHOENIX 60:00 31 29 2 4-2 win
Nov. 27 at Columbus 60:00 19 19 0 4-0 win
Nov. 28 EDMONTON 58:09 27 25 2 3-0 loss
Nov. 30 PHILADELPHIA 64:57 24 22 2 3-2 loss (shootout)
Totals 630:36 311 290 21 5-4-1

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