The Griffins look to continue their dominating play against the Wild when they host Iowa for the fourth time this season inside the Van Andel Arena. This game will mark the final time that the Wild will make the trip up to Grand Rapids during the regular season.
In 27 meetings between the two franchises, the Griffins have won 22 times. Iowa has no doubt improved with the additions of new head coach Derek Lalonde, former Griffins captain Jeff Hoggan, and former Griffins sharp shooter Teemu Pulkkinen.
Grand Rapids enters the game tonight with the best record in the Western Conference and the second best in the AHL at 27-10-1-2. The Griffins are 15-4-0-2 at home this season while their record away from home is 12-6-1-0.
The power play is continuing to sizzle for the Griffins. They have scored a power play goal in 10 consecutive games and have a league leading power play efficiency of 28.2%
Eddie Pasquale is expected to get the nod in net tonight. Matt Lorito is expected back in the lineup Friday when the Griffins get set to host the San Jose Barracuda. Mitch Callahan will be getting a night off and Tyler Bertuzzi (illness) will be a scratch as well.
As mentioned before, the Iowa Wild are having their best season in franchise history. They come into the game with a record of 19-19-4-1. Teemu Pulkkinen will be the lone All-Star representative for the Wild. In 33 games played this season the former Griffin leads the team in goals (12) and in points (26).
Puck drop for the game is set for just after 7 p.m. this evening. Listen to the game on WOOD Radio or watch the game at ahllive.com