News: Mrazek earned his 11th victory of the season Saturday, turning aside 22 of 23 shots in a 4-1 win over the Islanders.
Impact: Isles backup Chad Johnson coughed up four goals on 19 shots at the other end of the rink, making things rather easy for Mrazek and the Wings in the matinee affair against one of the East's best clubs. The single goal against was a nice sign for owners, as Mrazek had given up 20 goals over the six prior contests. With the win, Mrazek is now 11-4-1 with pedestrian ratios (.907 save percentage, 2.66 GAA) and could continue to get the bulk of the starts in Motown while Jimmy Howard (groin) remains sidelined until approximately mid-February, though it's worth noting Jonas Gustavsson could return next week.
News: Howard (groin) isn't expected to be activated from injured reserve during the Red Wings' forthcoming three-game road trip, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.
Impact: If that's indeed the case, it would push Howard's return back to no sooner than mid-February. The netminder has been able to skate a few times this week, but has yet to receive clearance to resume practicing.
News: Gustavsson (shoulder) was activated from injured reserve and loaned to AHL Grand Rapids on Saturday for a conditioning stint.
Impact: The Red Wings cleared up a 23-man roster spot for Gustavsson by waiving Brian Lashoff, but the goalie likely won't be available for action with the big club until next week. He'll man the net Saturday for Grand Rapids in what will mark his first game in three months. The conditioning stint is only expected to last one game, with Tom McCollum set to be reassigned to the AHL club once Gustavsson rejoins the Red Wings. Gustavsson's first start could come as soon as Thursday's game against the Avalanche.
News: Lashoff cleared waivers and was assigned to AHL Grand Rapids on Friday, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.
Impact: Lashoff had only appeared in 11 games all season for the Red Wings, serving as the team's primary seventh defenseman. While no longer on the 23-man roster, he'll at least get to play more frequently in the minors.