Nashville, Tenn. (January 26, 2015) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has recalled goaltender Marek Mazanec (MAIR-ehk muh-ZAN-ehk) from Milwaukee (AHL).
Mazanec, 23 (7/18/91), has gone 5-0-0 during the Admirals’ franchise-record nine-game win streak, posting a 1.22 goals-against average, a .947 save percentage and a shutout in that span. He is tied for fifth in AHL shutouts (3), and for ninth in wins (13). On the season, the Pisek, Czech Republic, native is 13-8-3 with a 2.41 goals-against average and a .909 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 is 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 Predators, who currently lead the NHL in point-percentage (.722), return home to Bridgestone Arena tomorrow, Jan. 27, to take on the visiting Colorado Avalanche (7 p.m. CT, FOX Sports Tennessee, 102.5 The Game), before departing on a three-game road swing to St. Louis, Colorado and Pittsburgh. Fans can take advantage of the NISSAN “Two for Tuesday” deal for Tuesday’s game against the Avalanche. By entering promotional code “two” on ticketmaster.com, fans will receive two lower bowl tickets, two hot dogs, two Pepsis and a Preds car flag for $99. A limited number of tickets still remain, call 615-770-7800 for more information.