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Anyone hoping for a quick turnabout in the Jakub Vrana saga will be disappointed. Grand Rapids Griffins Coach Ben Simon scratched Vrana for the second consecutive game. The Griffins lost 4-0 Friday to the Iowa Wild.

When Simon was asked what Vrana needs to do to return to the lineup, he said: “Compete. Same thing as everyone else. Compete.”

American Hockey League teams are only permitted to use five non-goalies with 320 more games of NHL, AHL or elite European games of experience. But if the organization was pleased with Vrana’s progress, it seems likely Vrana would be playing. He has one assist in six games and he’s -6.

The Red Wings placed Vrana on waivers last week and then sent him to the Griffins after no team claimed him. Vrana played two games for the Red Wings in October and then entered the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program for two months.

Red Wings goalie Alex Nedeljkovic, in Grand Rapids on a conditioning assignment, was in net for the Griffins. He has played five games for Grand Rapids and is 2-2-1 with a 2.76 goals-against average and .906 save percentage.

Jesper Wallstedt was in goal for the Wild. The top two goalies for the 2021 draft were Wallstedt and Sebastian Cossa. The Red Wings opted for Cossa at No. 15.

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The Red Wings (18-15-7) will be searching for their third consecutive home win tonight when they play host to the Columbus Blue Jackets (12-27-2).  Columbus has lost three in a row, and has only won two of its last 10.

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