GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Most people are enjoying the Super Bowl this Sunday. Griffins forward Tomas Tatar and goaltender Petr Mrazek are packing their bags and getting ready to head to Detroit.
The Detroit Red Wings are set to have Tatar and Mrazek join the team before its next game on Tuesday against the Calgary Flames.
The team also placed defenseman Brendan Smith on injured reserve to make room on the roster.
Tatar is second on the Griffins roster in points scored with 39. Gustav Nyquist leads the Griffins with 39. Tatar recently scored a hat trick in Hamilton and leads the Griffins with 19 goals this season. Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock recently complained about a lack of offense coming from his third and fourth lines.
Mrazek has been the Griffins top netminder in his rookie season. He is 16-7-1 with a 2.26 goals-against average and just recorded his first professional shutout last night in a 1-0 win against the Abbotsford Heat. Mrazek also participated in the AHL All-Star Classic last weekend and worked the third period for the Western Conference which won the All-Star game.
The Red Wings will send goaltender Thomas McCollum back to Grand Rapids. McCollum is 10-6-1 with the Griffins this season. He had a 2.69 goals-against average and a .899 save percentage.