Goalkeeper Mrázek is already training, but he can’t catch in matches yet

Updates: 24.02.2021 11:25

Raleigh (USA) – Hockey goalkeeper Petr Mrázek from Carolina has already joined the training after a thumb operation on his right hand, but his return to the ice in NHL competition matches is not yet relevant. The 29-year-old goalkeeper still can’t hold the stick in his hand.

“Until he has the stick in his hand, we can’t count on it,” said Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour after Tuesday’s team practice. “Everything else looks good, but the return is still a long way off. Once he works fully with the stick, we can look forward to appearing back in the lineup,” said the former excellent striker.

Carolina’s number one goalie last caught on January 30 against Dallas. Mrázek resigned after 167 seconds of play after a collision with teammate Max McCormick. Subsequently, the club confirmed that the Vítkovice offspring injured his thumb and needed an operation.

Before the injury, Mrázek had a great start to the season, keeping his account clean twice out of the first three matches. Of the 66 shots, he capitulated only three times, has an average of 0.99 goals per match and a success rate of 95.5 percent.

But Carolina is doing well without a native of Ostrava. She scored 25 points in 17 matches and is second in the Central Division table. Instead of Mrázek, James Reimer and Alex Nedeljkovic get a chance. Even so, Brind’Amour will be happy to have the Czech goalkeeper available again.

“To be the team we want to be, we need everyone healthy. And he is a big part of it. There is always talk of how important a place in the goal is. Our goalkeepers are good. When Petr returns, he will help us better meet expectations, “There are three available and he is at the top of that list,” said Brind’Amour.

Source: České noviny – sport by www.ceskenoviny.cz.

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