By The Numbers will highlight the Red Wings on-ice accomplishments in the 2015-16 season. Each week during the off-season, By The Numbers will profile a different player on the team, focusing on their statistical highs. This week we focus on goalies Petr Mrazek.
|Petr Mrazek was red hot for the first 3 1/2 months of the season but struggled down the stretch before regaining the starter's role in the playoffs. (Photo by Getty Images) |
There was a stretch during the regular season when there wasn’t a better goalie in the league than Mrazek. The Red Wings’ netminder posted a 10-2-1 record with a 1.31 goals-against average and an eye-popping .951 save percentage in a 13-game block.
Then the wheels came off as the 24-year-old experienced a rough six-week period and lost his starting job to Jimmy Howard.
Mrazek finished with a 27-16-6 record, a 2.33 GAA and a .921 save percentage. He regained his starting role in Game 3 of the Wings’ first-round playoff series against Tampa Bay.
In May, the Wings hired goaltending coach Jeff Salajko to work with Mrazek next season. A former coach with the Grand Rapids Griffins, Salajko will try to help Mrazek boost his confidence.
“I don’t think consistency is an issue,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “Now, he dipped during that month for certain, he didn’t play as well as he wanted to but I’d also say our team didn’t play as well in front of our goalies as I need them to, as we need them to. But overall consistency, I’ve got a larger sample size than just one season, I’ve got multiple seasons with Petr and I know that consistency in my mind is not an issue. I said lots of times Petr has special qualities, especially from the mental side of it, he doesn’t get nervous, he’s got a short memory, he loves the moment, he’s very competitive, I think there’s room for improvement on the technical side of it and as you improve your technical acumen at the goaltending position it allows you to make sure that when you do lose your game a little bit you can get it back as fast as possible.
"So I want Petr to concentrate on certain things. Jeff Salajko will come up with a plan for him for the summer when Petr is back home that he can work on certain things and then Petr and Jimmy both will get that plan and hopefully they’ll come back into camp better goaltenders than when they left, just like we want all our players to come back better today than when they left.”
27 | Set a personal best for wins, also becoming the 12th goalie in franchise history to produce at least 27 wins in a single season.
1,448 | Faced the second-most shots on goal of any NHL goalie who appeared in 54 games or less. Saw a career-high 47 shots in a 4-3 comeback victory at Carolina on Oct. 10.
4 | Established a single-season best for shutouts, blanking Washington (Nov. 10), New Jersey (Jan. 4), Buffalo (Jan. 22) and Florida (Feb. 8). In those games he stopped all 102 shots faced. It was the most shutouts since Jimmy Howard had five during the lockout-shortened NHL season in 2013.
2 | He assisted on two goals to become the 38th Wings goalie to assist on a goal in the past 33 seasons. His first career point came in the team’s first 3-on-3 overtime, assisting on Gustav Nyquist’s game-winner at Vancouver (Oct. 24). Mrazek also assisted on Darren Helm’s third-period goal in Detroit’s 5-3 win over Colorado in the Stadium Series game in Denver (Feb. 27).
18 | The number of wins he compiled before the NHL All-Star Game in Nashville. Mrazek was 18-9-4 with a 2.03 GAA and .932 save percentage prior to the January break. Afterwards, he stumbled with a 9-7-2 mark, a 2.86 GAA and a .899 save percentage.
3 | Posted his most wins against Buffalo, running his career record to 5-1-0 in seven games against the Sabres.