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The Daily: In GR, Red Wings forward Erne is dissecting his game; Mantha without a goal since Dec. 31

Erne sees first AHL action since 2018

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Since being sent down by the Red Wings, forward Adam Erne was making his Grand Rapids Griffins debut on the weekend. Photo by Nicolas Carrillo/Griffins

This weekend, forward Adam Erne was seeing his first AHL action in nearly five years after the Detroit Red Wings were assigning him to the Grand Rapids Griffins. He was suiting up for back-to-back home-ice losses against the Manitoba Moose.

It was an eye-opener for the veteran of 337 NHL games.

“I would say the pace is definitely a little bit slower, so it’s a little bit different read for sure,” Erne said of AHL game play. “I’ll get used to it.”

Erne, 27, figures to get the opportunity to make that adjustment. With 13 healthy forwards in Detroit, there no longer was room for him on the NHL roster. That resulted in the Red Wings placing him on waivers. When he was clearing waivers, Erne was on his way to GR.

“You just gotta focus on your own game,” Erne said. “Just get what you can out of it and work your way back. That’s what I’m going to try and do.

“I guess that’s the big picture. Just work on making plays. The game’s a little bit slower, so work on making some plays, creating some offense. Just kind of dissecting my game and figuring out what I want to work on and applying it in games.”

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  • With Dylan Larkin and Jonatan Berggren each scoring twice, Detroit beat Vancouver 5-2 on Saturday
  • The Red Wings will be bringing a two-game winning streak as they embark on a five-game road trip
  • Good news about the Jake Walman injury. The Detroit defenseman didn’t reinjure his surgically-repaired shoulder
  • Red Wings left-winger Lucas Raymond was missing the first game of his NHL career on Saturday

Red Wings Next Game

It’s deja vu all over again. Fresh off a 5-2 home-ice win over the Canucks, Detroit is beginning a five-game road sojourn with a Monday date at Vancouver to again face the Canucks.

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Pittsburgh: Defenseman Kris Letang was back in the lineup as the Pittsburgh Penguins were facing the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday in LA.

Boston: Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand says he tired of NHL referees making what he believes to be chintzy calls.

Washington: Struggling former Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha hasn’t scored for the Washington Capitals since Dec. 31 and is admitting his confidence is ebbing at an all-time low.

Islanders: Just when they were looking like legit playoff contenders, the New York Islanders have dropped consecutive games to NHL bottom feeders the Vancouver Canucks and Montreal Canadiens.

Philadelphia: Forward Kieffer Bellows was clearing NHL waivers. The Philadelphia Flyers were then assigning him to the AHL Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

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Florida: The Florida Panthers dropped a 5-3 decision to the reigning Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche.

Montreal: Forward Sean Farrell, a Montreal Canadiens prospect at Harvard, is chasing the Hobey Baker Award.

Colorado: Although they won 5-3 at Florida, the Colorado Avalanche lost another defenseman when Erik Johnson left the game after blocking a shot.

Vegas: Goaltender Laurent Brossoit was recalled by the Vegas Golden Knights to replace the injured Logan Thompson.

San Jose: Which San Jose Sharks player is their best pre-game soccer talent?

Calgary: Darryl Sutter, coach of the Calgary Flames, believes the scooter accident in Detroit involving defenseman Rasmus Anderson may have played a role in their loss to the Red Wings.

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Kings were announcing that they are signing goaltender Pheonix Copley to a one-year, $1.5-million contract extension.