Last night in New Jersey, the Detroit Red Wings were able to preserve a 1-0 win against the Devils, collecting two key points in the standings. Dylan Larkin scored the game’s only goal on a breakaway in the first period after receiving a beauty of a pass from Brad Richards. Petr Mrazek stopped all 22 New Jersey shots to record his second shutout of the season and seventh of his career.
This game was filled with bright spots for the Red Wings, as they were able to preserve a lead all game, something they have struggled with all season long. This game highlighted the promising play of both Mrazek and Larkin.
Petr Mrazek has been solid in goal for the Red Wings all season long, posting a 2.25 goals against average and .926 save percentage to date. He has also replaced a struggling Jimmy Howard in Howard’s last two starts.
Monday night was Mrazek’s third straight start, suggesting the possibility that coach Jeff Blashill has found his number one netminder going forward.
Rookie Michigan native Dylan Larkin has also been consistent for Detroit all season long. Larkin leads both the Red Wings and NHL rookies in goals with 14. He has been effective on the ice all season no matter who he is on a line with. This can be attributed to his speed and awareness. With Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk not getting any younger, the emergence of Larkin is promising for the Red Wings.
The play of Mrazek and Larkin not only against New Jersey, but all season, shows a bright future for the Red Wings. This illustrates how great this franchise has been at drafting and developing talent over the years.