Goalie nods: Mrazek versus Crawford as Wings host Hawks on Rivalry Night
It should be a good night at Joe Louis.
The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks are in town, looking to write the latest chapter in their age-old rivalry with former Norris Division foe Detroit.
In goal, the battle should be fierce.
Corey Crawford, in the midst of an outstanding campaign, will get the nod for the ‘Hawks. He’s been very good in his last two outings -- last Thursday, he stopped 29 of 31 shots in a 3-1 loss to the Preds and, on Sunday, stopped 28 of 30 in a big win over NHL-leading Washington.
The Red Wings will counter with Petr Mrazek.
Mrazek, who on Wednesday was named to the Czech Republic team for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, is also enjoying a banner season. He’s coming into tonight’s action having won two straight, which included a 5-3 victory over Colorado in Saturday’s outdoor game in Denver.
You can catch tonight’s game on NBCSN, starting at 8 p.m. ET.
-- Jonathan Bernier will be in goal for Toronto as the Leafs invade Washington. Philipp Grubauer will give Braden Holtby a night off in the Caps’ net.
-- It’s Mike Condon versus John Gibson when the Habs take on the Ducks in Anaheim.