Griffins gameday preview

The Griffins will be at home tonight to host the Manitoba Moose for the first time during the regular season. These two teams will also meet next Wednesday and two more times in April.

Grand Rapids is coming off of a 5-4 loss to the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday. The setback was only the second time the Griffins have been defeated by the Admirals this season. The game was highlighted by Jimmy Howard making his first start in goal for the Griffins in nearly eight years. Howard struggled a bit giving up five goals in the loss. Milwaukee grabbed a 2-0 and the Griffins pulled within one but Milwaukee held the edge for the game to claim the victory.

The Manitoba Moose are the primary affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets. The Moose come into the game with a record of 18-22-3-2.

Jimmy Howard is set to make his second start for the Griffins. His assignment will be extended beyond tonights game. The veteran goaltender will also be making the trip to Des Moines, IA for a weekend series with the Iowa Wild.

Forward Drew Miller will make his Griffins debut tonight. Like Howard, the last time Miller was in the AHL was almost eight years ago when he played for the Iowa Chops. Miller was assigned to the Griffins a couple of weeks ago after clearing waivers but was immediately recalled when the Red Wings suffered some injuries.

In order to make room for Howard and Miller, Grand Rapids assigned forward Dylan Sadowy and goalie Cal Heeter to the Toledo Walleye.

Matt Ford will be a healthy scratch this evening due to the veteran limit rule in the AHL.

The Griffins remain at the top of the Western Conference with a 29-13-1-2 record.

The game can be seen on ahllive.com or heard on WOOD Radio.

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