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by George Malik on 12/28/13 at 03:35 PM ET
This is good official news because it confirms that Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader will return to the Wings' lineup tonight against the Panthers (7 PM, FSD/FS Florida/1270 AM). From the Wings' PR department:
RED WINGS ASSIGN SHEAHAN TO GRIFFINS
… Second-Year Pro Recorded His First NHL Points on Dec. 21 at Toronto …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned center Riley Sheahan to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
A native of St. Catharines, Ont., Sheahan has appeared in four games with the Red Wings this season, recording his first NHL points with two assists on Dec. 21 at Toronto. The 22-year-old forward also has a plus-two rating, four penalty minutes and five shots on goal in six games with the Red Wings since making his NHL debut on April 7, 2012. A 2013 Calder Cup Champion with the Griffins, Sheahan has also skated in 23 games with the team this season, recording 14 points (6-8-14). He has 52 points (23-29-52) in 102 career AHL games with Grand Rapids.
The Red Wings (17-13-9) return to game action tonight in Florida, as they take on the Panthers at 7:00 p.m. (FOX Sports Detroit/AM 1270).
Update: Sheahan's demotion yielded a set of moves made by the Griffins, too:
SHEAHAN TO GRIFFINS, AUBRY AND PARKES TO WALLEYE
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings on Saturday assigned center Riley Sheahan to the Grand Rapids Griffins and reassigned center Louis-Marc Aubry and left wing Trevor Parkes from the Griffins to the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye.
Sheahan, 22, has appeared in four games with the Wings this season, recording two points (0-2—2) and a plus-two rating. The St. Catharines, Ontario, native tallied two assists, his first career NHL points, in Detroit’s 5-4 shootout victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 21. Detroit’s first choice (21st overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Sheahan has recorded 14 points (6-8—14), a plus-four rating and 10 penalty minutes in 23 games with the Griffins this season.
Aubry, 22, has appeared in four contests with the Griffins this season, posting five PIM. The 6-foot-4, 213-pound forward has skated in 130 career games with Grand Rapids since 2011, registering 28 points (9-19—28) and 104 PIM. A native of Arthabaska, Quebec, Aubry set a career-high 60 PIM in 64 games and notched 12 points (4-8—12) during the 2012-13 season, when he won the Calder Cup with the Griffins. He has also played in 10 games with Toledo this season, notching five points (3-2—5) and six PIM.
Parkes, 22, leads the Walleye in scoring with 24 points (13-11—24) in 21 games this season. Since beginning his professional career in the 2011-12 season, Parkes has split shifts between the Walleye and the Griffins, tallying 58 regular season points (31-27—58) and five playoff points (3-2—5) with Toledo and 17 regular season points (5-12—17) with Grand Rapids. The 6-foot-2, 202-pound forward has skated in four games with the Griffins this season, posting two PIM.
The Griffins will battle the Toronto Marlies on Monday at 5 p.m. in the franchise’s first-ever outdoor game. The historic showdown will take place at Comerica Park in Detroit, Mich., as part of the Hockeytown Winter Festival.
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