The Griffins are back at it this evening when they take on the Iowa Wild at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
The last time these two teams met was January 4th in Grand Rapids. The Griffins took that game 6-5. The Griffins jumped out to a 2-0 lead but the Wild fought back and eventually were able to tie the game at 3. Teemu Pulkkinen scored his first goal against his former team. Both he and Hoggan have scored against the Griffins this season.
Tonights matchup concludes a four game road trip where the Griffins are looking to finish 3-1 during the stint away from home.
Grand Rapids dropped the rubber game of a two game set to the Rockford IceHogs on Monday afternoon by a final of 3-1. The Griffins did score again on the power play which helped them improve on their league leading power play efficiency to 28.8%.
The Griffins come into the matchup tonight with a record of 24-10-1-2 which remains tops in the Western Conference and third best in the AHL. The Wild come into the game at 18-19-2-1 and have won four of their previous five games. The Wild are having the best season in franchise history and are in the thick of the playoff race.
Cal Heeter will be in goal this evening. Heeter has done a great job filling in for Jared Coreau since his call up. This game will mark the seventh start for Heeter. He is 5-1 with a .932 save percentage and a 2.16 goals against average so far this season.
Colin Campbell will be back in the lineup for the first time since the end of November. Louis-Marc Aubry will be back in the line-up and Nathan Paetsch will get the night for the Griffins.
Game time is set for just after 8 p.m. and you can listen in on WOOD Radio or watch the game on ahllive.com.