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Duffer’s Dabbles: Witkowski, Barber Added To Red Wings Taxi Squad

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Luke Witkowski and Riley Barber have been added to the Detroit Red Wings' taxi squad.

An old Red Wing and a player who was briefly part of this season’s team are back in Detroit. Forward Riley Barber and defenseman/forward Luke Witkowski are both again part of the Red Wings taxi squad after their recall from the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday.

Right winger Barber, 27, previously suited up for the Red Wings’ December 18 win over the New Jersey Devils. He finished the game with two shots on goal and a plus-one rating.

Witkowski’s recall to Detroit is marking the third time this season the 31-year-old veteran has been summoned to the big club. Despite this, he’s yet to see any NHL game action in 2021-22. Witkowski did play with Detroit from 2017-19. Playing 65 games for the Red Wings, Witkowski posted 1-5-6 totals with 91 penalty minutes. He hasn’t played an NHL game since November 1, 2019.

Goaltender Kaden Fulcher was also added to the Detroit taxi squad.

Down On The Farm

The Griffins scored a season-high seven goals during a 7-2 victory over the Milwaukee Admirals on Wednesday at Van Andel Arena. Center Kyle Criscuolo, who also played with the Wings last month, extended his point streak (7-11-18) to 10 games. That’s tied for the ninth-longest scoring run in Grand Rapids history. It’s the longest since Matt Puempel’s 11-game run from October 23-November 15, 2019.
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Center Erik Bradford, signed to a PTO earlier Wednesday from the ECHL Kalamazoo Wings, made his GR debut. The Griffins also announced that their January 2 game at Chicago against the Wolves is being rescheduled to April 28.

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