Coach Rod Brind’Amour seems to be contemplating a change, as a clear sign the goaltending magic for the Carolina Hurricanes has run out.
Prior to his lower body injury in Game 2 against the New York Islanders on April 28, Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek was 5-1 with a 9.29 save percentage, two shutouts and a 1.83 goals against-average over his previous six games. He returned to action for the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Bruins, but things have not gone nearly as well.
The Bruins have scored 10 goals on 52 shots in the first two games of the series against the Hurricanes, on their way to 2-0 series lead. As expected Mrazek’s save percentage is just .808, and his goals against-average is a bloated 5.04.
Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour has not yet confirmed anything for Game 3 back at home. Mrazek seemed to be working as the starter during Monday’s practice, according to NHL.com, but a move toward a change between the pipes is clearly looming.
Curtis McElhinney crammed in capably for Mrazek towards the Islanders, stopping 71 of 75 photographs over two-plus video games to complete that collection (54 saves over two begins). However the Sport Three begin was the primary playoff begin of his profession, and he was stepping in towards a workforce within the Islanders that struggled to money in on good scoring possibilities.
If McElhinney begins Sport 3 (or past) towards Boston, his resume as a typically mediocre, journeyman goaltender precedes him. And whereas Mrazek was excellent over a half-dozen video games earlier than his damage, his total playoff numbers this yr aren’t nice (2.73 GAA, .894 save share) and his personal profession resume says that six-game stretch is an outlier.
Carolina has finished extra than simply trip sizzling goaltending to the Japanese Convention Finals. However the Bruins are fairly clearly the higher workforce, and the hole in goaltending from Tuukka Rask to Mrazek has taken its rightful place over the primary two video games of the collection. Extra particularly, the goaltender magic the Hurricanes loved via most of two rounds has all however disappeared now.