The Detroit Red Wings have tapped Petr Mrazek to start in goal in the first-round playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Mrazek will make his Stanley Cup playoff debut in Game 1 Thursday in Tampa.
Head coach Mike Babcock said after watching Mrazek and veteran Jimmy Howard, he felt the younger goalie gives the team the best way to begin the series.
Forward Justin Abdelkader said he remains day-to-day after he suffered a hand injury earlier this month against Minnesota.
He skated during practice yesterday and said he hopes to be ready to return to the lineup against the Lightning.
By: Mike Plourde – for Great Lakes Radio Sports