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Wallner highlights topics from the Griffins’ playoff run thus far

As the Grand Rapids Griffins prepare to battle the San Jose Barracuda in the AHL's Western Conference Final this Saturday and Sunday, the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner highlights topics of note from the Griffins' playoff journey thus far:

Goals galore: At 4.25 goals scored per game, the Griffins are averaging .75 more than second-place San Jose. Despite playing at least two fewer games than the next highest team, the Griffins have five in the top 14 in postseason scoring in Tyler Bertuzzi (third), Evgeny Svechnikov (eighth), Matt Lorito (11th), Tomas Nosek (12th) and Mitch Callahan (14th).

Tyler Bertuzzi not slowing down: The second-year pro continues to have an amazing postseason. He leads the Griffins with 10 points (5-5-10), but hasn’t lost his abrasiveness. He also leads the team with 13 penalty minutes. Bertuzzi, to note, finished the regular season ninth on the Griffins in points with 37 (12-25-37) in 48 games.

Gains of Evgeny Svechnikov: Bertuzzi is a good story, but he has proven himself in the past. Svechnikov, on the other hand, is in his first full postseason and has not been overwhelmed. The 20-year-old has nine points (3-6-9) and, just as important, has kept his penalties to a minimum (6 PIM). Careless penalties – most often stick related – were a problem early in the season.

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I wonder what it would take to realistically have Nosek, Bertuzzi and Svechnikov in Detroit’s lineup to start the season. Obviously just being on the roster isn’t enough. They must be playing or in the AHL. Nosek might be a lock with no waiver options left but it is sure looking like Bertuzzi is ready and Svech isn’t far behind.

Trading Sheahan might make the most sense but they’d be trading him at very low value based on his horrible season. If Glendening and Sheahan get pushed to 13/14th forward there is room for all 3 but I have a hard time believing the brain trust would go that young.

I have no problem with Nosek and Bertuzzi playing 4th line minutes but Svech probably needs to be in top 6 (definitely top 9) or his time is better spent in AHL.

I know all this youth would mean plenty of growing pains but it is about time the Wings embraced it. They have enough leaders to guide them.

Posted by evileye on 05/17/17 at 12:58 PM ET

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Travel for work has me in the San Jose area for a while. I’m planning on checking out the Griffin’s game in person Saturday night. Looking forward to seeing guys in person.

Posted by Down River Dan on 05/17/17 at 01:05 PM ET

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Anyone know if there’s a way to stream the games?

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 05/17/17 at 01:14 PM ET

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Travel for work has me in the San Jose area for a while. I’m planning on checking out the Griffin’s game in person Saturday night. Looking forward to seeing guys in person.

Posted by Down River Dan on 05/17/17 at 01:05 PM ET


Let us know who/what stands out to you if you get a chance

Posted by Lefty30 on 05/17/17 at 01:18 PM ET

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Anyone know if there’s a way to stream the games?

A few years back during the Griffin’s championship run, I went to the AHL site and was able to sign up for an account which allowed me to stream some of the games.

I don’t recall any cost to sign up, but it required creating a login.

I would check out the AHl homepage. It’s actually a pretty good site with multimedia and stats.

Posted by Down River Dan on 05/17/17 at 01:47 PM ET

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