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The Daily: Griffins Set To Kick Off Season Tonight At Home

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Jonatan Berggren, Red Wings

Not only are the Detroit Red Wings set to open their season tonight, so is their AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins. While Elmer Soderblom is with the big team, there are a number of must-watch prospects skating for the Griffins.

Jonatan Berggren is one, looking to build upon the 64-point season he had last year. Simon Edvinsson is another. The 19-year-old defenseman, like Berggren, is knocking on the door to Detroit. Eemil Viro, Albert Johnasson, Jared McIssac and Donovan Sebrango are all defensemen to keep an eye on as well.

Sebastian Cossa, Detroit’s 15th overall pick, will also be making his debut. In short, the Griffins will have a number of intriguing storylines as the season unfolds.

Finally, Griffins head coach Ben Simon stands to be the first Griffins coach to come back for a fifth season.

Red Wings In Case You Missed It

  • Filip Zadina and Pius Suter will be healthy scratches when the Red Wings open their season tonight
  • Oskar Sundqvist may be the self-described shortest guy on the line. But he’ll hold his own with the towering Michael Rasmussen and Elmer Soderblom
  • Head coach Derek Lalonde’s vision for the Red Wings? Playing fast and aggressive.
  • Jake Walman will be wearing a new number when he’s ready to be back on the ice

National Hockey Network

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Calgary: Nazem Kadri is ready to face his old team in Calgary. Calgary Flames

Philadelphia: The Flyers rip New Jersey 5-2. Five observations from the victory. Philadelphia Flyers

Montreal: A by the numbers look at Cole Caufield’s excellent first game. Montreal Canadiens

New York: Rapid recap of the Islanders 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers New York Islanders

Pittsburgh: Handing out grades after the Penguins 6-2 victory Thursday night. Pittsburgh Penguins

Washington: A frustrated Charlie Lindgren laments the puck that bounced off his back and stood as the game winner. Washington Capitals

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