Riley Sheahan

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Griffins Top Midwest Division

The Grand Rapids Griffins are continuing to play good hockey this season. Every game has been close and really exciting to watch. Coach Blashill has brought the team to a new level with his coaching style and it has been great for the fans. He really works the bench and you can see him constantly communicating with the team throughout play. The Griffins are currently in first place in the Midwest Division with 43 points.

Five in a row for Grand Rapids

The Griffins have picked 10 points with 5 wins in the last 5 games, the best streak in a while for the team.

Short on time and hard road to make playoffs

The Griffins have 6 games remaining in their regular season and are sitting 4 points out from a playoff berth.  The team has been playing well the last few games.  With so little time left there are 2 major events that need to happen like in every hockey game for them to move on to the playoffs:

They will need to play hard and their team leaders will need to continue scoring goals like they have been doing the last few games.

The defense must play a smart game and protect their goaltender from those unfortunate shots that have plagued the team this year. Giveaway goals are not an option at this point.

There have been a few leaders this week that have jumped out...

Up and Down week for team and the players

The Griffins had an up and down week with a win and a loss to San Antonio and a loss then a win against the Oklahoma City Barons. Along with the team, players are up and down with the Wings due to numerous injuries. Ty Conklin and Jordan Pearce were called up to the Red Wings Due to Howard and MacDonald’s injuries, Doug Janik was back from the Wings and in the lineup for the loss on Thursday to San Antonio. Brendan Smith was reassigned Saturday night to the Griffins but he had flight problems and could not make the game for Sunday. With Howard still out and MacDonald possibly out for the season the Griffs will be relying on Thomas McCollum and rookie Ramis Sadikov in net to finish t...