The best indication of the Detroit Red Wings’ improved health is the Grand Rapids Griffins’ recent won-loss record.
Every time an injured player returns to Detroit’s lineup, the Griffins received help from a player sent down to make room for the Detroit returner. Alex Nedeljkovic. Jakub Vrana. Elmer Soderblom. Now Adam Erne. Even Matt Luff and Austin Czarnik. These are all players who were in Detroit’s plans this season and are now contributing to the Griffins’ success.
The Griffins website does a good job of spelling out how the former Red Wings are helping the Griffins “find a groove.” That’s particularly true in the case of Nedeljkovic, Soderblom and Vrana.
Grand Rapids boasts a four-game winning streak and has points in eight of its last nine (6-1-1-1). Since the new year, Grand Rapids has lost in regulation three times in 14 games (8-3-1-2, 0.679). Here are the Red Wings who are hot:
- Nedeljkovic is 7-3-2 record with one shutout along with a 2.40 goals against average and a 0.921 save percentage
- Vrana is on four-game points streak (four goals, two assists) and has scored six goals in his past seven games.
- The 6-foot-8 Soderblom has four goals and six points in his past four games. Last Saturday, he had the shootout winner against Texas.
Despite recent success, the Griffins still have work to do. They are seven points out of an American Hockey League playoff spot with 29 games remaining. They play two games against the Manitoba Moose this Friday and Saturday in Grand Rapids.
— Griffins Nest (@GrGriffinsNest) February 4, 2023
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