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The Daily: Griffins Point Streak at 11 Games; Lucic Update



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Simon Edvinsson congratulates Jonatan Berggren after he scores his 16th goal. (Griffins Photo)

The Detroit Red Wings are seeing the results they hoped they would see out of new Grand Rapids Griffins coach Dan Watson.

The Griffins (21-15-5-3) lost a 4-3 overtime decision to the Cleveland Monsters Friday, but the Griffins extended their points streak to 11 consecutive games. They haven’t lost in regulation in more than a month. This is the second-longest points streak in the AHL this season.

The Red Wings hired Watson as part of their offseason effort to restore the Griffins’ competitiveness. The best development environment for a prospect is to play for a playoff qualifier in the American Hockey League. Their gauntlet-like postseason scenario is similar to the NHL’s. The Griffins had missed the playoffs for two consecutive seasons. This season, they are battling the Texas Stars for second place in the Central Division.

The Griffins trailed Cleveland 3-1 Friday, but forced overtime with goals by Jonatan Berggren and Joel L’Esperance. Berggren’s goal was his 16th, 18th if you count the two goals he has scored for Detroit this season. Berggren has 20 points — including nine goals — in his past 16 games. Elmer Soderblom also scored his sixth goal for the Griffins.

Goalie prospect Sebastian Cossa is 4-0-2 during this streak.


Red Wings In Case You Missed It

  • Vancouver defenseman Nikita Zadorov mocked Jake Walman’s Griddy celebration in the Canucks’ 4-1 win against Detroit.
  •  Detroit’s squad is now in a salvage operation to pick up the last four points available on this road trip to stay in a playoff spot. They have games remaining with the Calgary Flames and Seattle Kraken.
  • Paywall story: Tim Robinson writes that Wisconsin-bound Jack Phelan was making progress as a Detroit prospect until an injury removed him the lineup.

Red Wings Next Game

James Reimer will start in goal for Detroit today when it faces the Calgary Flames today (4 p.m.) Robby Fabbri will return to the Detroit lineup after missing two games to be with his wife for the birth of a daughter.

Hockey Now Network

Boston: Prosecutors have decided not to move forward with domestic violence charges against Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic. That came after Lucic’s wife, Brittany, invoked marital privilege and declined to testify.

Chicago: Blackhawks minor-league goalie Jaxson Stauber scored a goal in an AHL game. Chicago Blackhawks. 

Colorado: Are the Columbus Blue Jackets interested in luring back Chris MacFarland from the Colorado Avalanche? He served as Joe Sakic’s right-hand man. Evan Rawal has the story.

Montreal: Did a former Montreal Canadiens GM disrespect some Montreal legends? MHN’s Marc Dumont addresses the story. Montreal Canadiens

Nashville: NHN’s Michael Gallagher had some fun grading trade proposals submitted by readers. Nashville Predators. 

Pittsburgh: Jaromir Jagr is in town for the retirement of his number. Time hasn’t changed his sense of humor or his self-awareness. This is an entertaining fellow. Pittsburgh Penguins.