8 Reasons The Detroit Red Wings Season Will Be Great

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Mrazek is ready for primetime

If the Red Wings could have scored just a couple goals in the Game 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Petr Mrazek would have pulled off one of the better goalie heists in recent memory. Mrazek stood tall throughout the series, frustrating the top scoring team in the league through seven tough contests. Though the series didn’t go Detroit’s way, it did show that the young netminder was ready to take the team on his shoulders.

The combinations of swagger and timely saves kept the Wings in a series where they looked lost until Game 3 when a series tie became a series lead. They were 5 minutes from a 3-1 stranglehold until Tyler Johnson broke loose and scored. But I digress.

Mrazek ended the playoffs with a .925% save percentage and nearly stole a series no one picked the Red Wings to win. It was also with Mrazek the Wings maintained their winning ways when Jimmy Howard went down. Mrazek thrives in the spotlight when the pressure is amped up.

He’s exactly what this team needs.

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