Nashville, Tenn. (January 15, 2015) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Thursday that the club has recalled goaltender Marek Mazanec (MAIR-ehk muh-ZAN-ehk) from Milwaukee (AHL).
Mazanec, 23 (7/18/91), has gone 4-0-2 in his last six AHL starts and joins Nashville riding a three-game win streak which has seen him stop 61-of-64 shots (.953 save percentage, 0.99 goals-against average). In his last start for the Admirals prior to the recall, he stopped all 27 shots he faced in a 1-0 victory at Rockford on Friday, moving him into a tie for fourth in League shutouts (3). On the season, the Pisek, Czech Republic, native is 11-8-3 with a 2.49 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage.
Nashville's ninth choice, 179th overall (sixth round), in the 2012 Entry Draft, played the fifth-most minutes of any rookie NHL netminder (1,369:32) in 2013-14, appearing in 25 contests for the Predators and being named the NHL's Rookie of the Month for November 2013 after going 5-4-1 with two shutouts, a 2.00 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage. The 6-4, 194-pound Mazanec also ranked second among AHL rookie goaltenders, and 10th overall, in point percentage after posting an 18-10-3 record (.629, min. 700 minutes) in 2013-14. He will become just the fourth right-catching netminder at the NHL level this season, joining Winnipeg’s Michael Hutchinson, Calgary’s Jonas Hiller and Philadelphia’s Steve Mason.
The Nashville Predators, who have won four-straight games, take on the visiting Washington Capitals tomorrow night (7 p.m., FOX Sports Tennessee, 102.5 The Game). Friday’s game, the Preds last home contest before the All-Star Break, marks the return of former coaches Barry Trotz, Lane Lambert and Mitch Korn to the Music City for the first time.
Fans can celebrate Nashville’s All-Star representation by purchasing upper-level tickets to any Tuesday home game in January or February for $20.15 by entering promo code “ALLSTAR” on ticketmaster.com. A limited number of tickets still remain for Friday’s game, where all fans in attendance will receive a Mike Fisher bobble head. Call 615-770-7800 for more information and to purchase.