Search Grand Rapids Griffins



11/06/2006 4:22 PM - Carry Three Straight Wins into First Road Game Since Oct. 13

This Week’s Games

Tue., Nov. 7 - GRIFFINS at Manitoba Moose - 8:30 p.m. - WTKG 1230 AM/B2 Networks

Wed., Nov. 8 - GRIFFINS at Manitoba Moose - 8:30 p.m. - WOOD 1300 AM/B2

Fri., Nov. 10 - Milwaukee Admirals at GRIFFINS - 7 p.m. - WOOD/B2

Sat., Nov. 11 - Albany River Rats at GRIFFINS - 7 p.m. - WOOD/B2

Last Week’s Results
Fri., Nov. 3 - Manitoba Moose 0 at GRIFFINS 4 - 5-3-1-1, 12 pts. (2nd, North Division)
Sat., Nov. 4 - Manitoba Moose 4 at GRIFFINS 5 SO - 6-3-1-1, 14 pts. (2nd)

Uno, Dos, Tres: Saturday’s 5-4 shootout win over Manitoba was the third straight victory for both goaltender Jimmy Howard and the Griffins, who completed their season-high eight-game homestand with a 4-3-0-1 mark. They’ll finish off a rare four-game set against the Moose with games on Tuesday and Wednesday at the MTS Centre.

On the Road Again: Tuesday’s game in Winnipeg will be the Griffins’ first road contest since Oct. 13 in Toronto (25 days previous), when they beat the Marlies 4-2 to improve to 2-0-1-0 on foreign ice.

Working for the Weekend: This weekend’s home games against Milwaukee and Albany will mark the Griffins’ fourth consecutive Friday-Saturday set at Van Andel Arena. Friday’s game versus the Admirals – their first meeting since Milwaukee’s 4-0 triumph in the 2006 Western Conference Finals – is the fourth of nine straight Friday home games for Grand Rapids. It’s another Student Night, as all college and high school students can purchase a lower bowl ticket for only $10 with a valid student ID. In addition, the Wendy’s Friday Family Four Pack offers four small single combos from Wendy’s and four Griffins tickets for $44. Saturday’s first-ever clash with the River Rats will conclude the Griffins’ run of five consecutive Saturdays at home. An autograph session with Griffins players will be held after the game.

So Long: After scoring a goal and an assist Friday to extend his point streak to 11 games – tying for the fifth-longest run in franchise history – Valtteri Filppula was recalled by the Detroit Red Wings. He has appeared in five games with the Wings this season, scoring his first NHL goal against Manny Legace in Detroit’s 3-2 win at St. Louis on Oct. 28 and adding an assist in Saturday’s win over Columbus.

Turn it Up: Since being shut-out 4-0 by Toronto on Oct. 27 and averaging 2.75 goals per game over their first eight contests, the Griffins have responded by outscoring their opposition 15-6 during their three-game winning streak.

Big Week: Jimmy Howard made 23 saves in Friday’s 4-0 victory over the Moose to earn his first shutout of the season and the third of his career. He followed that up by matching his career high of 40 saves in Saturday’s 5-4 shootout win, posting his third straight victory. He currently ranks among the AHL’s leaders with five wins (T4th), one shutout (T1st) and a 2.39 GAA (9th). The Griffins have earned points in six of Howard’s seven starts this season (5-2-0), including an overtime loss.

Two and Counting: After going without a goal in his first 72 pro games last season – 62 with Hamilton and 10 with Edmonton – Danny Syvret has lit the lamp twice in 11 games as a Griffin. During his incomparable 2004-05 junior campaign with London, he potted 23 goals en route to winning the Memorial Cup and being named the Canadian Major Junior Defenseman of the Year.

Back in Style: After recording a plus-one rating while averaging 12:16 in ice time in two games with Detroit last Wednesday and Thursday, Kyle Quincey returned to the Griffins’ lineup on Friday to post the game-winning goal and an assist. Quincey, who is tied for the scoring lead among Grand Rapids defensemen (2-4—6) and sixth overall on the team, played four games in as many nights last week between the two clubs.

Old Faithful: Griffins leading scorer Kip Miller is tied for 17th in AHL scoring with 13 points (5-8—13), having figured on the scoresheet in nine of the team’s 11 games. He had a season-high two goals and three points in Saturday’s 5-4 shootout win over Manitoba, forcing overtime with his second goal and scoring the clincher in the shootout en route to first star honors.

Mr. Consistency: Both Matt Ellis and Josh Langfeld have yet to go three games without a goal this season, while Kip Miller has not yet had so much as a two-game point drought.

Sore Spot: Grand Rapids has allowed four or more goals in a game six times already this season. Saturday’s 5-4 shootout win over Manitoba marked the first time they won on such an occasion (1-3-1-1).

Scouting Report

Tue., Nov. 7 at Manitoba Moose (3-6-1-2) – MTS Centre – 8:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 8 at Manitoba Moose – MTS Centre – 8:30 p.m.

Radio: WTKG 1230 AM at 8:10 p.m. (Tue.) and WOOD 1300 AM at 8:10 p.m. (Wed.). Web Casts: Video ($6 – B2 Networks) and audio (free) available through Season Series: 2-0-0-0 Overall, 0-0-0-0 Road. Third and fourth of eight meetings overall, first and second of four in Winnipeg. All-Time Series (W-L-T-OTL-SOL): 32-14-1-0-4 Overall, 15-8-0-0-0 Road. NHL Affiliation: Vancouver Canucks. Head Coach: Scott Arniel (1st season). Notes: The MTS Centre was very kind last season to Grand Rapids, which posted records of 3-1 during the regular season and 2-1 during the playoffs at the venue…After going 2-0 in shootouts while stopping 11 of 13 shots (84.6%) during his Griffins career, Drew MacIntyre is 0-2 in shootouts with the Moose this season, having stopped only five of nine attempts (55.6%).

Fri., Nov. 10 vs. Milwaukee Admirals (2-3-1-0) – Van Andel Arena – 7 p.m.
Radio: WOOD 1300 AM at 6:59 p.m. Web Cast: Video ($6 – B2 Networks) and audio (free) available through Season Series: First of eight meetings overall, first of four in Grand Rapids. All-Time Series (W-L-T-OTL-SOL): 41-22-7-1-3 Overall, 24-9-2-0-0 Home. NHL Affiliation: Nashville Predators. Head Coach: Claude Noel (4th season). Notes: Milwaukee swept the Griffins in the 2006 Western Conference Finals, taking each of the last three games by a single goal…By Friday, the Admirals will have played only six games – half as many as 10 AHL teams, including five in their own division – during the season’s first 37 days. But starting that night, they’ll play 14 games in just 21 days (through Nov. 29).

Sat., Nov. 11 vs. Albany River Rats (4-6-1-0) – Van Andel Arena – 7 p.m.
Radio: WOOD 1300 AM at 7 p.m. Web Cast: Video ($6 – B2 Networks) and audio (free) available through Season Series: First of two meetings overall, first and only in Grand Rapids. All-Time Series (W-L-T-OTL-SOL): First meeting. NHL Affiliation: Carolina Hurricanes. Head Coach: Tom Rowe (1st season). Notes: The River Rats have not qualified for the Calder Cup Playoffs since 2000, a six-year drought that is twice as long as any other AHL team’s…Albany is in its first year of affiliation with the 2006 Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, following 13 seasons with the New Jersey Devils…David Gove had a 17-game stint with the Griffins in 2001-02, scoring six points (2-4—6).

Search Archive »

Browse by Month »

October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004