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The Grand Rapids Griffins will finally make their long awaited home debut when they take on the Abbotsford Heat. The Griffins will be looking to snap a 4 game losing streak when they begin their 3 games in 3 nights stand. The Griffins have played the least amount of games in their division and are currently sitting last with a mere 2 points. Abbotsford are 3rd with 11 points. Perhaps concerningly for the Griffins, Abbotsford have scored the second most goals in the league with 29, the Griffins joint last with 11. All signs point to a dangerous match-up but being at home for the first time should help.
A lot has changed since the Griffins last took to the ice. Veteran NHL centreman Michael Nylander will make an unusual Griffins debut as he attempts to get into game shape. His presence could be a nice boost to a young team. The Griffins have also acquired Patrick Rissmiller on reassignment by the New York Rangers. Both are expected to play tonight. Tomas Tatar finally made his debut in the last game and had an assist and was +1. He was on a line with highly skilled prospects Mursak and McGrath. The lines are hard to predict as are the scratches, hopefully no Detroit prospects sit it out. Lastly, Newbury and Williams need to produce.
Ritola - Newbury - Williams
Axelsson - Nylander - Tardif
Tatar - McGrath - Mursak
Rissmiller - Emmerton - Pare
Kindl - Janik
Kolosov - Delmore
Piche - Ehrhardt
Goals: Axelsson, Delmore (2)
Assists: Ritola, Janik (2)
Points: Axelsson, Janik (3)
PIM: Newbury (22), Crosty (12)
Plus/Minus: Ehrhardt, Janik (+2)
* Nylander will debut and Rissmiller is also a chance.
* The Griffins have conceded a massive 14 goals from their past two games.
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