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Mrazek looking to rebound for Red Wings vs. Wild

by Paul Harris /

WILD (20-20-5) at RED WINGS (26-11-9)


DETROIT -- Goalie Petr Mrazek will be looking to bounce back when the Detroit Red Wings (26-11-9) play the Minnesota Wild (20-20-5) at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday.

Mrazek, who had played well since Jimmy Howard was injured, was pulled after allowing three goals on seven shots with a little more than six minutes left in the first period in the Red Wings' 6-4 come-from-behind win against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday.

"The team was brutal, let's be honest. He was part of it," coach Mike Babcock said. "No one was prepared to play. He never got an opportunity to play in the second and third [periods] when everyone else got an opportunity to bail themselves out, so he has an opportunity here today."

Mrazek was replaced by Tom McCollum, who stopped seven of eight shots to earn his first NHL win.

Tuesday will be Mrazek's fifth consecutive start.

"That's what the League is about, it's an everyday League. Part of being a young guy is when you have success is you dwell on the success instead of getting ready for tomorrow," Babcock said. “You have these lapses in back-to-back games with young guys, so here's an opportunity to bounce back."

The Wild lost 3-1 to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday but have won two of their past three since ending a seven-game losing streak.

"Three in four going into the [All-Star] break would be great, but more importantly, how we feel about where our game's at," Wild coach Mike Yeo told The Pioneer Press.

Minnesota goaltender Darcy Kuemper, who missed six games with a lower-body injury, returns to back up Devan Dubnyk.

Here are the projected lineups:


Zach Parise - Mikko Koivu - Jason Pominville

Jason Zucker - Erik Haula - Thomas Vanek

Matt Cooke - Kyle Brodziak - Justin Fontaine

Nino Niederreiter - Charlie Coyle - Ryan Carter

Ryan Suter - Jonas Brodin

Marco Scandella - Christian Folin

Jared Spurgeon - Matt Dumba

Devan Dubnyk

Darcy Kuemper

Scratched: Nate Prosser, Niklas Backstrom

Injured: Justin Falk (upper body), Mikael Granlund (wrist), Keith Ballard (head/face)


Gustav Nyquist - Henrik Zetterberg - Justin Abdelkader

Tomas Tatar - Pavel Datsyuk - Darren Helm

Drew Miller - Riley Sheahan - Luke Glendening

Stephen Weiss - Joakim Andersson - Teemu Pulkkinen

Jonathan Ericsson - Niklas Kronwall

Kyle Quincey - Danny DeKeyser

Brendan Smith - Xavier Ouellet

Petr Mrazek

Tom McCollum

Scratched: Daniel Cleary, Brian Lashoff

Injured: Jakub Kindl (elbow), Tomas Jurco (back), Jonas Gustavsson (shoulder), Johan Franzen (head), Jimmy Howard (groin)

Status report: The Red Wings have juggled their lines. Datsyuk and Zetterberg had been playing together with Sheahan centering the second line. Helm had been centering Weiss and Pulkkinen on the third line and the fourth line had been made up of Glendening between Miller and Andersson. ... Jurco skated Tuesday and hopes to return after the All-Star break, which ends Jan. 26. ... Dubnyk will start his fourth straight game for the Wild after he was acquired from the Arizona Coyotes last week … Granlund took part in Minnesota's optional morning skate and is expected to return Jan. 27 against the Edmonton Oilers. "I think it'll be fine," Yeo said, according to the Pioneer Press. "[We're] just looking at it as one more day he sits out and then he gets a week off."

Who's hot: Parise has a goal in each of his past three games. Tatar has four goals and three assists in his past five games.

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