The Malik Report
by George Malik on 04/11/11 at 04:22 PM ET
After the Red Wings wrapped up their regular season with a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, the Wings headed home to Detroit and received a deserved day off before preparing to face the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday, when the Red Wings’ players will return to practice and gear up for Wednesday’s game.
There’s no doubt that the Red Wings’ management, coaches and pro scouts are spending today dissecting the Coyotes, however, and remarkable fifteen members of the Wings’ AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, are spending today packing for what they hope is an extended stay in Detroit, as the Griffins’ website reports:
With the Grand Rapids Griffins’ 15th season having come to a close yesterday, the Detroit Red Wings on Monday recalled 15 players to serve as “black aces” during the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Joining the parent club are goaltenders Thomas McCollum and Jordan Pearce; defensemen Travis Ehrhardt, Doug Janik, Brian Lashoff, Derek Meech, Logan Pyett and Brendan Smith, and forwards Joakim Andersson, Cory Emmerton, Ilari Filppula, Jan Mursak, Francis Pare, Brent Raedeke and Tomas Tatar.
In addition, Griffins head coach Curt Fraser, assistant coach Jim Paek, equipment manager Brad Thompson and medical therapist Brad Shaw will assist Detroit’s hockey operations staff during the postseason.
Quickie update: The Hockey News’s Ken Campbell also spoke to Jimmy Howard recently about his playoff preparation.
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