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The Daily: Grand Rapids Griffins’ Playoff Hope Takes a Major Hit



Jonatan Berggren, Detroit Red Wings
Jonatan Berggren scored his 19th goal for the Grand Rapids Griffins

The Grand Rapids Griffins’ playoff odds are longer today after a 5-2 loss to the Iowa Wild Wednesday night.

The Wild hold the fifth and final playoff spot in the AHL Central Division with a .522 point percentage. The Texas Stars are sixth at.500, followed by the Griffins at .493. The standings are determined by percentages because the AHL has an unbalanced schedule this season.

Jonatan Berggren netted his 19th goal for the Griffins who have five games remaining this season.

Nick Swaney had a four-point night to lead the Iowa home win against Grand Rapids.

On Wednesday, the Red Wings returned Riley Barber to the Griffins.

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