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The Latest On The Grand Rapids Griffins

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Despite dropping a 4-1 decision to the Manitoba Moose on Friday at Van Andel Arena, the Grand Rapids Griffins still control their own destiny for clinching both a playoff spot and home-ice advantage in the Central Division Semifinals, heading into Saturday’s regular season finale at Milwaukee.

With the Griffins’ magic number stuck on one point over the trio of Iowa, Milwaukee and Manitoba, there are five AHL results this weekend that would each secure Grand Rapids’ seventh consecutive playoff berth: on Saturday, a Griffins win at Milwaukee, a Rockford victory at Iowa, or a Chicago win versus Manitoba; or on Sunday, either a Chicago victory against Manitoba or a Rockford win versus Milwaukee. In addition, one point earned by Grand Rapids in tomorrow’s 7 p.m. EDT road tilt against the Admirals would cement second place in the Central Division for the Griffins along with home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Regardless, this marks just the second time in the Griffins’ 23-year history that their playoff fate will be determined on or after the date of their final regular season game. In 2006-07, Grand Rapids lost its finale 5-1 at Toronto but still qualified for the postseason thanks to Peoria’s 4-0 loss to Milwaukee that day.

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com