With points in 14 of the past 16 games and winning six of their last seven, the Griffins will be entertaining the Iowa Wild this evening.
The Wild beat the Griffins during their last trip to the Van Andel Arena on December 2nd 4-3 by way of a shootout.
The Griffins are coming off a great win against their long time rival, the Rockford IceHogs. The IceHogs drew first blood but the Griffins took control of the game after that. Tomas Nosek had two goals while Eric Tangradi and Robbie Russo added a goal each and rookie defenseman Dan Renouf scored his first professional goal. Grand Rapids won the game by a score of 5-2.
Grand Rapids will be looking to win their fifth straight game on home ice. They currently sit a top the Western Conference with a record of 20-8-1-2 (43 points). The Chicago Wolves are tied with the Griffins for the most points in the Western Conference. Iowa enters the game with a record of 14-17-2-1.
Veteran Matt Ford will be returning to the lineup after missing the last handful of games due to an injury. With the return of Ford, Louis-Marc Aubry will be a healthy scratch.
Colin Campbell is still sidelined with a lower body injury and will hopefully be back by the middle of January.
Eddie Pasquale will get the nod in goal this evening. The veteran netminder has only two regulation losses on the season.
Former Griffins captain Jeff Hoggan will not be in the lineup for Iowa this evening as he is battling an illness. Teemu Pulkkinen will be in the lineup for the Wild and has been a key component in helping the Wild be more competitive this season. The former Griffin sniper has 11 goals in just 24 game for the Wild.
The Griffins will also be home on Friday and Saturday. On Friday they will host the Charlotte Checkers and then on Saturday the Rockford IceHogs will make their way back to Grand Rapids for the fourth time this season.
Puck drop for the game tonight will be just after 7 p.m.