Almquist, Mrazek returned to Griffins
Detroit to host Pittsburgh tonight at 7:30 p.m.
Almquist, 23, has skated in 60 games with the Griffins this season, placing second on the team with 45 points (4-41-45). He ranks third among all AHL defensemen in scoring and is tied for third in the league in assists. The Huskvarna, Sweden native made his NHL debut with Detroit on Nov. 4 and scored his first NHL goal in his second game with the club, Nov. 7 versus Dallas. In 131 career AHL games, the 5-foot-11, 173-lb., blueliner has tallied 76 points (14-62-76) and 86 penalty minutes. He also recorded 10 points (3-7-10) in 21 games during Grand Rapids’ Calder Cup run in 2013. Originally drafted by Detroit in the seventh round (210th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Almquist registered 35 points (5-30-35) in 122 SHL games with HV-71 prior to making the move to North America.
A native of Ostrava, Czech Republic, Mrazek has made 24 appearances for the Griffins this season, ranking among AHL leaders with 18 wins (T16th), a 2.01 goals against average (1st), a 0.928 save percentage (T1st) and three shutouts (T8th). The 22-year-old netminder has played in eight games with Detroit this season, posting a 1-4-0 record, a 2.01 goals against average and a 0.916 save percentage. Originally drafted by Detroit in the fifth round (141st overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, he helped the Griffins to a Calder Cup championship as a first year pro, going 23-16-2 with a 2.33 goals against average and a 0.916 save percentage in 42 regular-season games. He played every minute of the team’s 24 postseason contests, sporting a 15-9 record, a 2.31 goals against average and a 0.916 save percentage.
Sitting one point back of the Eastern Conference’s final wild card spot, the Red Wings (31-24-13) will host the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Detroit/97.1 The Ticket).