12/21/2010 9:23 AM
This Week’s Games
Last Week’s Results
Fun at the Van: Wed. vs. TOR – It’s Hockey Night! Fans can show their tickets to receive drink specials and 20% off food at participating Arena District restaurants and bars, both before and after the game. It’s also a Winning Wednesday, as all fans who were in attendance for the Griffins’ 5-2 win over Houston on Dec. 15 can redeem their ticket stubs for free tickets to this game. Fans can take advantage of the Library Night discount and join the Griffins at the post-game party at Peppino’s downtown. Sun. vs. LE - Sunday is Fun Day! Fans can enjoy $1 Cole’s breadsticks and $1 Pepsi products from 3-5 p.m. Kids in attendance will receive a hockey skate Crazy Band, while the first 1,500 fans will receive a Jan Mursak jersey card presented by Jack Links. Fans can take advantage of the Library Night and Fan 4 Pack discounts, then stick around for the Huntington Bank post-game autograph session and the J & H Family Stores post-game skate.
Sharing the Christmas Spirit?: Wednesday’s clash between the Griffins and Marlies at Van Andel Arena will be their first since Grand Rapids dropped a penalty-filled 3-1 decision in Toronto on Nov. 24. In that contest, the Griffins were whistled off for a franchise-record 112 penalty minutes, breaking the mark of 104 that was set 13 seasons ago on April 11, 1998 versus Quebec. The game’s combined 218 PIM, which also set a Griffins record, included 184 PIM during the third period (96 for Grand Rapids, 88 for Toronto), when three players from each squad received game misconducts.
Griffins Give Back: Thanks to the Griffins Give Back program, approximately 3,000 tickets for this Sunday’s contest against Lake Erie are being distributed to local unemployed workers and their families. While supplies last, those who visit any of the three Grand Rapids offices of Michigan Works! in person and present both proof of unemployment and a valid Michigan photo I.D. can receive up to four free tickets to the game.
Enjoy Him While it Lasts: Defenseman Jakub Kindl is scheduled to return to the Detroit Red Wings following Wednesday’s game against Toronto. He shows three points (1-2—3) in seven games during his conditioning stint and needs just one more assist to tie Tomas Kopecky and Ed Patterson (75 each) for ninth place on Grand Rapids’ all-time assists list.
Standing Ovation: Grand Rapids currently ranks fourth in the AHL in attendance – the same position in which it finished the 2009-10 campaign – with an average of 5,696.
Short Story: Grand Rapids, which scored eight shorthanded goals all last season, is tied for the AHL lead with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with that same number after netting five shorthanded goals in its last 11 games.
Hectic Holidays: Grand Rapids will tie a franchise record in December by playing 10 home games during a single month, something it has done just twice before to great success. The Griffins, who are 3-3-1-0 so far, went 6-3-1-0 in December 2007 after going 7-2-1 in February 1999.
So Close Yet So Far: The Griffins are 5-8-1-4 in games decided by one goal including a 1-4-1-4 mark at Van Andel Arena, where nine of their 13 total losses have been by a single goal.
Kudos: Joey MacDonald is tied for 14th among AHL netminders with a 2.45 GAA…Brendan Smith’s 19 points (7-12—19) tie for 10th among AHL rookies and 11th among defensemen, while his seven goals tie for third among blueliners…Francis Pare’s three-game point streak (3-3—6) was snapped on Saturday…Jamie Johnson’s five-game scoring run (3-4—7) ended last Friday…Jamie Tardif’s four-game point streak (2-4—6) was halted on Saturday.
On the Mend: Cory Emmerton, who was tied for the Griffins’ scoring lead as of Dec. 4 with 19 points, has missed the last nine games due to injury.
Milestones: Francis Pare needs just one more goal to become the 14th player to score 50 during his Griffins career…Jamie Tardif has played 271 career games as a Griffin, putting him nine behind sixth-place Dave Van Drunen (280) on the team’s all-time list. Meanwhile, 10th-place Derek Meech (260) sits just two games behind ninth-place Evan McGrath (262) and four behind eighth-place Derek King (264)…Last Friday’s game marked Jamie Johnson’s 300th AHL contest.
Wed., Dec. 22 vs. Toronto Marlies (15-12-0-4) – Van Andel Arena – 7 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 26 vs. Lake Erie Monsters (13-13-3-4) – Van Andel Arena – 4 p.m.
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