Predators coach Barry Trotz often has said that some of the team’s best stories in its history have come from the goaltending position.
Czech rookie Marek Mazanec is writing a pretty good one for himself. Mazanec made 25 stops in leading the Predators to a 2-0 victory over former Central Division rival Detroit.
The win for Nashville (10-9-2) was its second straight and the first on the road since a Nov. 6 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. The win was also the second straight for Mazanec in his fourth straight start.
After a rocky beginning, he has found his footing by beating some of the NHL’s top players. Mazanec’s two victories have come against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks and perennial power Detroit.
Mazanec, an unheralded sixth-round draft pick in 2012, has now stifled some of the top players in the NHL, including Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp of the Blackhawks and Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg of the Red Wings.
The two goals the Predat...