At the end of the first period tonight, which saw Detroit rookie netminder Petr Mrazek hold the St. Louis Blues scoreless in his first NHL appearance, I asked Twitter when the last time that happened for the Wings was.
When was the last time a Wings’ rookie goalie debuted with a shutout period? Sure as hell not McCollum.
— Clark Rasmussen (@detroithockey96) February 7, 2013
Before that, though? Joey MacDonald made his NHL debut with Detroit in relief of Chris Osgood on October 19, 2006. He came in with 5:28 left in the first period after Osgood allowed three power play goals and didn’t allow his first goal against until 5:01 of the third, beginning his career with 30:29 of shutout hockey, including the entire second period.
The last Red Wings rookie goalie to have a longer shutout streak to start his NHL career than Mrazek, who’s streak ended at 35:45, was Kevin Hodson, who began his career on January 6, 1996, with a blanking of the Chicago Blackhawks.