Guest Post by Franklin Steele:
Petr Mrazek should start in net for the Detroit Red Wings when they take on the St. Louis Blues tonight. I don't know an awful lot about the young netminder, but I do know this one fact. It should be him and not Howard to take on the central division rivals in action this evening.
The reasons for this are few and simple.
For starters, our man Howard needs a rest. Sadly there is no trophy in the NHL awarded to goalies who play an obscene amount of games for their respective club, but if there were then Jimmy would be in the running. He's been one of the busiest guys around this year as everyone who could possibly back him up besides Mrazek are out with an injury.
Logic would suggest that the Wings play their "better" goalie against a "better" Blues team while giving him the night off either against the Oilers on Saturday or the LA Kings on Sunday in back-to-back games. Breaking in Mrazek against the read 'em and weep Oilers or ...