History shows goalie controversies a good rather than bad thing for Detroit Red Wings
Mrazek is intriguing. There have been times his play has been spotty (he's been pulled from two games), but he does have a flair for the dramatic and the big save. Also, he appears better on breakaways and shootouts than Howard.
One way or another, I don't see this as a problem for the Red Wings. Actually, it is a good thing. We saw that in 1996-97, the season the Red Wings finally broke through and won their first Stanley Cup championship in more than four decades. Chris Osgood was the primary goalie during the regular season. He was 10 games above .500, had a save percentage above 91 percent. Mike Vernon was 13-11 with save percentage below 90 percent. Vernon backstopped the Red Wings to the Cup. He had more wins in the playoffs (16) than the regular season. His save percentage was nearly 93 percent and he won the Conn Smythe Trophy. Coach Scotty Bowman simply rode the hot hand.
I wouldn't sell Howard short. He has done well in the playoffs more times than not. He is a little more fundamentally sound than Mrazek at this stage when it comes to squaring up to the puck, although not nearly the same puckhandler.
But it's a real simple case of may "the best goalie win." And in this case, it greatly increases the Red Wings' prospects of winning collectively.
My column. Why the Red Wings have the best chance to bring home Detroit's next Stanley Cup Championship: http://www.theoaklandpress.com/sports/20150209/pat-caputo-why-the-red-wings-have-the-best-chance-to-win-detroits-next-world-title
My column. Why there is no silver lining in the cloud of Victor Martinez's knee injury: http://www.theoaklandpress.com/sports/20150207/pat-caputo-no-silver-lining-in-cloud-of-vmart-knee-injury-for-detroit-tigers
My column. Let's not pretend Jim Harbaugh's first recruiting class at Michigan wasn't disappointing: http://www.theoaklandpress.com/sports/20150204/pat-caputo-lets-not-pretend-jim-harbaughs-first-recruiting-class-at-michigan-wasnt-disappointing