from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
The Grand Rapids Griffins are heading into the playoffs — it's just not the way they envisioned.
Any hockey team will tell you that ideally, you like to go into the postseason with some momentum. Even if it's just a little.
But the Griffins, the Red Wings’ minor-league affiliate, will open the American League playoffs Friday in Chicago having lost nine straight games.
Momentum? Maybe, but it was going in the opposite direction.
“It’s a fresh season, that’s the way we look at it,” said defenseman Dennis Cholowski, who started the season with the Wings, but was sent to Grand Rapids midway in the season. “Obviously the last 10 games we haven’t been as good as we should be.