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Magnus Hellberg made 34 saves, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Grand Rapids Griffins from losing 4-1 to the Texas Stars (Photo by Griffins' Mark Newman)

Magnus Hellberg made 34 saves in his debut with the Grand Rapids Griffins. But it wasn’t enough to prevent the Griffins from falling 4-1 to the Texas Stars.

It was Hellberg’s first AHL game since 2016-17. The Red Wings sent him to Grand Rapids for conditioning. He can stay there five games or two weeks.

Hellberg, 31, was claimed on waivers from the Seattle Kraken by the Detroit Red Wings recently.  He also has played for the Ottawa Senators. But this was only his second game of the season. He didn’t play at all for Seattle and only one game for the Senators.

He gave up three goals. The Stars had an empty-netter. Kyle Criscuolo scored the Griffins’ lone goal.

Hellberg is the fifth Red Wings goalie to make his Griffins debut during a conditioning assignment, joining Curtis Joseph (2003-04), Chris Osgood (2005-06), Manny Legace (2005-06) and Jonas Gustavsson (2012-13).

Earlier in the day, the Griffins announced that Red Wings prospects Donovan Sebrango and Eemil Viro had been sent to the Toledo Walleye. The Griffins still have seven defensemen: Jared McIsaac, Steven Kampfer, Brian Lashoff, Albert Johansson, Wyatt Newpower, Seth Barton and Simon Edvinsson

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The Tyler Bertuzzi update was not good. He will mix six weeks having successful surgery to repair an injury suffered when teammate Ben Chiarot hit him with a shot. Bertuzzi had only been back seven games after missing a month after being injured while blocking a shot.

The numbers add up to the Detroit Red Wings being an improved hockey team this season.

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The Red Wings’ Next Game

The Red Wings (11-6-5)  play the Pacific-leading Vegas Golden Knights (17-7-1) tonight at Little Caesars Arena. This is the final game of Detroit’s five-game homestand. The Red Wings are 2-1-1 thus far on the homestand.

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Boston:  The Boston Bruins and David Pastrnak are still talking about a new deal. BHN’s Jimmy Murphy is on top of it.  Boston Bruins. 

Florida: Panthers score three goals in 59 seconds on their way to beating the Vancouver Canucks. Florida Panthers.

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Montreal: Interesting story of how Sean Monahan almost ended up with the Arizona Coyotes rather than the Canadiens. Montreal Canadiens.

Philadelphia: The Flyers do have help coming. Prospect Alex Bump is having a strong season. Philadelphia Flyers. 

Pittsburgh: Dan Kingerski writes that the Penguins are as good as they want to be. That is a problem. Pittsburgh Penguins.

New York:  The Islanders produced a season-high 49 shots on net and yet still couldn’t beat the Nashville Predators.  New York Islanders. 

San Jose:  Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now provides a list of five Sharks who could end up on the trading block. San Jose Sharks.  

Washington: Sammi Silber of Washington Hockey Now Takes a deep dive into how injuries have undermined the Capitals in the early going. Washington Capitals.

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