This Week’s Games
GRIFFINS vs. San Diego Gulls // Fri., Oct. 14 // 7 p.m. // Van Andel Arena
GRIFFINS vs. San Diego Gulls // Sat., Oct. 15 // 7 p.m. // Van Andel Arena
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Season Series: First and 2nd of 4 conferences total, first and 2nd of 2 at Van Andel Arena
All-Time Series: 4-2-0-0 Overall, 2-1-0-0 Home
NHL Affiliation: Anaheim Ducks
Noteworthy: The franchises will meet in West Michigan for the primary time since Jan. 25, 2020 when San Diego got here away with a 3-1 victory. Grand Rapids holds a 28-12-2-0-0 all-time checklist (0.690) towards Anaheim’s AHL associates.
twenty seventh Season of Hockey: The Grand Rapids Griffins start the franchise’s twenty seventh total season of play, twenty second as a member of the American Hockey League and twenty first as the principle associate of the 11-time Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings on Friday night time after they host the San Diego Gulls. This yr will mark simply the 9th time for the reason that 2004-05 marketing campaign that Grand Rapids will open its season at house. The Griffins have competed in 1,989 video games between the IHL and AHL and feature collected a 1,043-730-27-70-119 regular-season checklist (0.585), to head in conjunction with 17 playoff appearances, seven department titles and two Calder Cups (2017, 2013).
Take Me to Your Leader: Ben Simon is the primary Griffins head trainer to go back for a 5th season, passing Curt Fraser (2008-12). Due to the shortened COVID-19 seasons from 2019-21, Simon enters this yr 69 video games in the back of Fraser in regular-season video games coached, and is recently 31 regular-season wins in the back of Fraser (146 wins, 4th total). Entering the 2022-23 season, Simon holds a 116-101-19-11 (0.530) regular-season checklist with the Griffins and a 2-3 (0.400) mark within the Calder Cup Playoffs.
Longest Head/Assistant Coaching Tenures in Griffins History:
Sustained Success: Since the 2012-13 season, Grand Rapids ranks 3rd within the league in each regular-season wins and issues.
Roster Breakdown: Nineteen gamers (forwards Pontus Andreasson, Jonatan Berggren, Kyle Criscuolo, Austin Czarnik, Cross Hanas, Taro Hirose, Matt Luff, Chase Pearson and Givani Smith; defensemen Simon Edvinsson, Albert Johansson, Steven Kampfer, Jared McIsaac, Wyatt Newpower, Donovan Sebrango and Eemil Viro; goaltenders Victor Brattstrom, Sebastian Cossa and Jussi Olkinuora) at the roster are below contract with the Red Wings, whilst 9 gamers (forwards Trenton Bliss, Cedric Lacroix, Joel L’Esperance, Dominik Shine, Tyler Spezia, Kirill Tyutyayev and Drew Worrad; defenseman Brian Lashoff;
goaltender John Lethemon) are enjoying on a Griffins contract. Twelve gamers are Red Wings draft selections (Berggren, Brattstrom, Cossa, Edvinsson, Hanas, Johansson, McIsaac, Pearson, Sebrango, Smith, Tyutyayev, and Viro). Click right here to view a better roster breakdown.
Rookies: The Griffins have 9 gamers who’re regarded as novices this season together with forwards Pontus Andreasson, Trenton Bliss, Cross Hanas, Kirill Tyutyayev and Drew Worrad, defensemen Simon Edvinsson, Albert Johansson and Eemil Viro, and goaltender Sebastian Cossa.
GRG → DRW: Eight former Griffins gamers start the season at the Red Wings’ lively roster, together with Tyler Bertuzzi, Filip Hronek, Dylan Larkin, Gustav Lindstrom, Michael Rasmussen, Moritz Seider, Joe Veleno and Filip Zadina.
West to East: Since the Grand Rapids-Detroit association started in 2002-03, 112 Griffins have long past directly to play for the Red Wings. In reality, 19 Griffins alumni wore the Winged Wheel all over the 2021-22 season.
Home Sweet Home: Under fifth-year head trainer Ben Simon, the Griffins will start a 72-game agenda after they host the San Diego Gulls for Opening Night offered by means of Huntington Bank. During their remaining season opener at house, Grand Rapids downed Rockford 6-1 on Oct. 15, 2021, with 5 Griffins securing multi-point outings. This yr will mark simply the 9th time for the reason that 2004-05 marketing campaign that Grand Rapids will open its season at house. Since 2004, the Griffins are 5-2-0-1 (0.688) in season openers at Van Andel Arena and feature outscored their warring parties 27-19. Also since 2004, Grand Rapids is 9-6-2-1 (0.583) in season openers at any venue. The Griffins have received 5 of the remaining six house openers.
O Captain! My Captain!: Captain Brian Lashoff’s 580 video games performed for the Griffins ranks first amongst lively AHL gamers who’ve spent their complete AHL profession with the similar membership and fourth in league historical past amongst one-team gamers. Of the gamers forward of him on that record, the latest – and, coincidentally, the record-holder – remaining performed all over the 1970-71 season (Bill Needham of the Cleveland Barons, 981 video games performed). Lashoff overtook Paul Larivee (Providence Reds, 1952-62) for the No. 4 spot on April 6, 2022 towards Cleveland and is now 28 video games in the back of No. 3 Howie Yanosik (Hershey Bears, 1957-67). Lashoff is nonetheless 75 video games clear of breaking the Griffins’ all-time regular-season video games performed checklist, held by means of Travis Richards with 655 video games (1995-2006).
Oldies however Goodies: The Griffins’ roster options 5 veterans together with forwards Kyle Criscuolo, Austin Czarnik and Dominik Shine, and defensemen Steven Kampfer and Brian Lashoff. A participant receives veteran standing if he has competed in no less than 260 video games within the NHL, AHL or in a foreign country. Lashoff leads all veterans at the group with 719 career-games performed within the NHL and AHL, together with 580 with Grand Rapids, which ranks first amongst lively gamers who’ve spent their complete AHL profession with the similar membership and fourth all-time in league historical past amongst one-team gamers. Kampfer has seemed in 551 outings, which ranks 2nd at the roster whilst Czarnik puts 3rd with 369 contests.
Joined Forces: Joel L’Esperance signed a two-year care for the Griffins this previous offseason after being a threat to Grand Rapids for the previous 4 seasons with the Texas Stars. In the previous 4 campaigns towards the Griffins, L’Esperance has collected 18 issues (11-7—18) and a good plus-minus score in 21 video games. His stat line towards Grand Rapids turns into much more spectacular if you’re taking out L’Esperance’s 2017-18 rookie season when he performed simply two video games towards the Griffins and totaled 0 issues. Throughout the remaining 3 years towards the Griffins from 2018-22, the Brighton, Mich., local has amassed 18 issues (11-7—18) in simply 19 appearances to head in conjunction with 10 penalty mins and a plus-one score.
How Swede It Is: The Detroit Red Wings have a wealthy custom of possessing one of the vital most sensible skill to come back out of Sweden, equivalent to Niklas Kronwall and Nicklas Lidstrom, and extra not too long ago Lucas Raymond. This yr is no other, because the NHL franchise has despatched down a handful of Swedes to the Griffins. In reality, 5 gamers hail from Sweden, together with Pontus Andreasson, Jonatan Berggren, Victor Brattstrom, Simon Edvinsson and Albert Johansson. Grand Rapids additionally options one Russian, Kirill Tyutyayev, and two Finnish gamers in Jussi Olkinuora
and Eemil Viro.
San Diego Notes: First and 2nd of 4 conferences total, first and 2nd of 2 at Van Andel Arena…The golf equipment are assembly in West Michigan for the primary time since Jan. 25, 2020 (3-1 L)…Grand Rapids holds a 28-12-2-0-0 all-time checklist (0.690) towards Anaheim’s AHL associates, together with 22-10-2-0-0 towards the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, 2-0-0-0 towards the Iowa Chops and 4-2-0-0 towards San Diego…San Diego made the postseason a yr in the past after taking 7th position within the Pacific Division with a 28-33-4-3 checklist (0.463) however was once swept 2-0 within the first spherical towards the Ontario Reign…Last season, San Diego goaltender Lukas Dostal tied for 2nd amongst novices with a 2.60 GAA and positioned 3rd with a zero.916 SV%…The Griffins are 14-17-2-3 (0.458) all-time towards present Pacific-Division foes within the steady season, together with 6-9-1-2 (0.417) at the street…Grand Rapids is 12-14-2-3 (0.468) towards present California groups…Grand Rapids will play 4 video games towards the Pacific this season, all towards the Gulls…San Diego’s 4-2 win on Oct. 10, 2015 towards Grand Rapids got here all over its AHL debut…Grand Rapids will seek advice from San Diego for a couple of contests on Nov. 18-19 at Pechanga Arena.
Griffins within the NHL: Nineteen former Griffins may also be discovered at the season-opening rosters of 9 NHL groups, in conjunction with 3 different gamers recently designated as injured or non-roster. The staff comprises 5 individuals of the Griffins’ 2013 Calder Cup group and 4 gamers from their 2017 championship squad, together with every yr’s playoff MVP.