Goalie nods: Marquee matchup in Tampa, as Mrazek faces Bishop

There should be some high quality netminding on display tonight in Tampa Bay when the Bolts host the Red Wings.

Detroit will start Petr Mrazek, who was on fire going into the All-Star break. He went 7-1-1 in January with a 1.32 GAA and .952 save percentage, catapulting himself into Vezina consideration while further bolting Jimmy Howard to the pine.

On the year, Mrazek sits second in the NHL in save percentage (.932), third in GAA (2.03) and 10th in shutouts (three) — numbers that put him on par with the guy he’s facing tonight, Ben Bishop.

Fresh off a good showing at the All-Star Game, Bishop will look to build upon his Vezina resume. He sits second in GAA (.202), 10th in save percentage (.926) and 10th in wins (19).

Bishop has largely been the Lightning’s MVP this season, and will now look to beat Detroit for the first time this season.


Robin Lehner gets the start for Buffalo in Montreal. The Habs, coming off a tough loss in Philly last night, haven’t named a starter yet. Mike Condon stopped 32 of 35 shots against the Flyers on Tuesday.

Eddie Lack, who went into the All-Star break by shutting out the Chicago Blackhawks, will be back in goal when the ‘Canes take on Calgary. Karri Ramo will counter for the host Flames.

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