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The Daily: Griffins Matching Red Wings Success; Toffoli on Block?



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Sebastian Cossa makes a key save (Photo courtesy of the Grand Rapids Griffins)

The Grand Rapids Griffins are following the lead of their parent team. While the Red Wings have gone 9-2-2 in January, their American Hockey League farm team has embarked on a similar run of success.

The Griffins tied a team record by winning their seventh consecutive road game Friday night on a 3-2 shootout win against the Rockford IceHogs. Since Christmas, the Griffins are 11-2-1-0. The Griffins are now tied for second in the Central Division.

Auston Czarnik, who was with the Red Wings earlier this season, scored the only goal in the shootout;

Griffins goalie Sebastian Cossa (drafted 15th overall in 2021) continued his strong play. He posted 25 saves to win his four consecutive game and his sixth in his last seven outings. The 6-foot-6 netminder has allowed two or fewer goals in six of his past seven starts this season. On the season, he has held opponents two or fewer in 11 of 20 appearances (55%) and three or less 14 times (70%).

Hard-working Amadeus Lombardi scored one of Detroit’s goals. Jonatan Berggren’s points streak was halted at six games.

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  • Paywall story: Detroit prospect Emmitt Finnie has developed into a leader in the WHL.
  • Axel Sandin Pellikka has recovered from his injury and has returned to action for his Swedish Hockey League team Skelleftea.

Red Wings Next Game

The Detroit squad doesn’t play until Feb. 10 against Vancouver. Alex DeBrincat, playing for Team Matthews, is Detroit’s lone representative for today’s NHL All-Star Game in Toronto (3 p.m.).

Hockey Now Network

Boston: Jimmy Murphy offers that the lack of a first round pick is hurting the Boston Bruins in their trade negotiations.

Chicago: Connor Bedard made an appearance at NHL All-Star weekend, even if he couldn’t play. He will be back in the Chicago Blackhawks lineup soon.

Montreal: Marc Dumont weighs in on the Sean Monahan trade impact on the lineup and the Montreal Canadiens rebuild.

New Jersey: Should the New Jersey Devils deal Tyler Toffoli? James Nichols weighs in on the debate.

Nashville: Clay Brewer writes that the new Nashville Predators management team should not be resistant to major change.

Pittsburgh: Will Sidney Crosby (Canada) and Evgeni Malkin (Russia) be part of the 2026 NHL Olympic experience? Pittsburgh Penguins.