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The Daily: Griffins Fall Short in Milwaukee; Amadeus Sets Assist Record



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Detroit Red Wings prospect center Amadeus Lombardi set a new Flint Firebirds’ record for assists in a season when he registered his 53rd and 54th Saturday in a 4-3 win against the London Knights.

Amadeus (drafted 113th in 2022) now needs just three points for a 100-point Ontario Hockey League season. He’s third in the league in scoring, just one point out of second place. The Firebirds have six games left in their 68-game season.

This season, Lombardi has registered 31 multiple-point games, including two this weekend against the Knights. Lombardi, 19, has 11 points in his current five-game points streak. He has 17 points in his past eight games.

The Red Wings signed Amadeus Lombardi in December.


Griffins Suffer Tough Loss

Milwaukee Admirals goalie Devin Cooley slowed the Grand Rapids Griffins’ playoff push with a 2-1 win Saturday night against the Griffins. He made 27 saves to deprive the Griffins of a much-needed win. They had closed within eight points of a playoff spot this week with two games in hand.

Pontus Andreasson, signed by the Red Wings after last season, was the only Griffins’ player to beat Cooley.  It was his 10th goal of the season.

Alex Nedeljkovic made 23 saves. The Griffins were playing without Simon Edvinsson and Austin Czarnik who were called up by Detroit on Friday.

The Griffins are now 10 points out of a playoff spot with 12 games to play.

Red Wings In Case You Missed It

The Red Wings gave up their 12th shorthanded goal Saturday, moving them into the NHL lead in that statistical category.

Pius Suter netted Detroit’s lone goal in a 5-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche in a Saturday matinee.

What Simon Edvinsson had to say about his NHL debut with the Red Wings Saturday.

Red Wings’ Next Game

The Red Wings (30-29-9) play at home Monday against the Florida Panthers. Coach Paul Maurice’s Panthers are now only one point behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, losses are starting to pile up for the Red Wings. They have lost nine out of their last 11. The Red Wings currently rank 10th in the NHL Draft  Lottery.

Hockey Now Network

Boston: Joe Haggerty writes about the Bruins’ solid win against the Minnesota Wild. David Pastrnak scored his first power play goal since Jan. 22. It seems hard to believe, considering he has 47 goals. Boston Bruins.

Colorado: The Avalanche complete a 4-0 road trip with a 5-1 thrashing of the Red Wings in Little Caesars Arena. Colorado Avalanche. 

Florida: The Florida Panthers are now one point out of a playoff spot after beating the New Jersey Devils Saturday.

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Montreal: Marco D’Amico writes that recent Montreal injuries has highlighted the reality that the Montreal Canadiens need more depth at center.

New York:  Islanders swim past the San Jose Sharks to move into the top wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. New York Islanders.

Philadelphia: Tyson Foerster scored his first NHL goal in a loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. He has three points in his three points in his past two games. Philadelphia Flyers. 

Pittsburgh: Penguins coach Mike Sullivan strongly defended Jeff Carter and Brian Dumoulin, despite their recent struggles. Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Interesting that you don’t hear much about Lombardi being touted as the 2nd line point producing center the Wings desperately need. He wasn’t drafted in 2021 partly because he didn’t play due to Covid, and also had an early birth date so was pretty small. He wasn’t a typical over-ager “late bloomer” pick last year, more like a didn’t get a chance to bloom yet pick. Hopefully he becomes yet another 4th round find for Yzerman.

Mark W

Agree, it’s odd he isn’t more talked about. I recall thinking he was smaller. 5’11 – 170lbs isn’t too small for the NHL. Its been said that there is a wider distance between the OHL and AHL than between the AHL and NHL. That would mean that its a big leap to see him keep the scoring as he climbs the ladder. However. Scoring phenom types are less bothered by where they do it. So what is this kid ? We’ll soon see.

Gordon Cheswick

Agreed! He looked like a winner in camp – and he has just kept improving. He plays bigger than he is – but must bulk up a bit to play with the big boys! Another good pick by SY (🤞)

Gordon Cheswick

I believe that players coming from the OHL are better suited to the bigs. Let’s hope I am correct!

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