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An Optional Skate In Edmonton And A Look At The Grand Rapids Griffins

per Dana Wakiji tweets,

Howard was the first off the ice, Hronek playing again tonight, paired with Ericsson and Glendening skated.

Below, check out the latest on the Grand Rapids Griffins.

via the Grand Rapids Griffins...

The Grand Rapids Griffins are tied with the Iowa Wild atop the Central Division standings with a 23-13-3-4 record (53 points). Grand Rapids is 4-2-0-2 in 2019 and shows points in 11 of its last 13 outings (8-2-1-2). The Griffins wrap up a four-game homestand this week against the Manitoba Moose and San Jose Barracuda before pausing for the AHL all-star break.

Follow the Leader(s):
Points: Chris Terry (41)
Goals: Terry (23)
Assists: Carter Camper (23)
Plus-Minus: Turner Elson (+14)
PIM: Dylan McIlrath (46)
Wins: Harri Sateri (13)
GAA: Patrik Rybar (2.30)
Save %: Rybar (0.913)

Wading Back In: Since being assigned by Detroit on Jan. 3, Wade Megan has collected points in six of his eight games back in Grand Rapids’ lineup. His 10 points (5-5—10) in 2019 are tops on the team while his plus-seven rating ties Matthew Ford for a club high. The first-year Griffin shows five points (3-2—5) in the previous two games, and his three-point effort at Rockford last Friday marked his first three-point outing since Dec. 30, 2017 (1-2—3, CHI vs. RFD). Megan has either scored or assisted on five of Grand Rapids’ last six goals. The 172nd Griffins alumnus to play in the NHL when he debuted with Detroit on Nov. 1 vs. New Jersey, Megan has appeared in 11 games with the Red Wings this season over two stints and picked up one assist while averaging 7:52 of ice time.

Puemped Up: Matt Puempel collected his team-leading 13th multi-point game of the season in last Saturday’s victory against Milwaukee and his first-period goal marked his 100th career AHL tally. The sixth-year pro also notched his 100th career AHL assist and his 200th AHL point on Jan. 12 vs. Belleville. He places second on the team in both goals (17) and points (35). Puempel’s team-high 137 shots tie for second in the league.

Rybar Supports: Patrik Rybar has points in six of his last seven games (4-1-2) and shows a 1.95 GAA and a 0.929 save percentage in that stretch. Rybar, who led the Czech Extraliga with seven shutouts last season, recorded his first shutout on North American soil after stopping 24 shots in last Saturday’s victory. He ranks third in the AHL with a 2.30 overall GAA.

You’re a Wizard, Harri: Harri Sateri has points in 11 of his last 13 starts (9-2-2) and has allowed two goals or fewer in four of his last six. He’s stopped 70 of 73 shots (0.959) in his last two. Sateri’s 13 wins on the season tie for 10th in the league.

Model Year: Captain Matt Ford is on a three-game assist streak and has collected points in six of the last eight games (2-4—6). His six points in the new year tie for third on the team while his plus-seven rating is tied for the club’s best. The 11th-year pro needs one more point to notch 400 in the AHL (193-206—399).

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Watch burgeoning star Larkin

Dylan Larkin, whose brother, Colin, is in the Oilers organization, playing in Wichita in the ECHL, came into the league as one of the five fastest skaters but his hands are catching up to his feet.

He has big skates to fill replacing retired captain Henrik Zetterberg as the No 1 centre in Detroit, but he has 20 goals and 47 points in 22 minutes a night, well on his way to surpassing last year’s 63 points.

Larkin’s going to wear the ‘C’ in Detroit eventually, maybe next year. He’s 22 and in his fourth NHL season.

Connor McDavid vs. Niklas Kronwall

Kronwall is the only holdover from the last Wings’ Cup in 2008 and he isn’t nearly the two-pronged force he once was, with all the wear and tear and over 800 games and another 100-plus in the playoffs.

But he’s still one of the best open-ice hitters in the game.

McDavid blows by defencemen routinely, but around Kronwall, every star player has to keep their head up. He hits and hurts people and he’s not a dirty player.

more on the Oilers…

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/22/19 at 04:00 PM ET

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Kronwall is the only holdover from the last Wings’ Cup in 2008

Helm, Howie, Ericsson, Abby?

Helm played 18 games in the playoffs. The others I’ll forgive. smile

Posted by ilovehomers on 01/22/19 at 04:47 PM ET

duhduhduh's avatar

Dylan Larkin, whose brother, Colin, is in the Oilers organization, playing in Wichita in the ECHL, came into the league as one of the five fastest skaters but his hands are catching up to his feet.

This is as succinct as assessment of Larkin as you’ll ever get, and spot on IMHO.

Posted by duhduhduh on 01/22/19 at 05:01 PM ET

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