7:00 pm EST
The Grand Rapids Griffins will look for their sixth consecutive win when they take on the visiting Chicago Wolves. The Wolves sit bottom of their division however they have won 4 of their past 5 games, perhaps due to the steadying influence of Chris Chelios who will be in uniform for Chicago as he looks to gain an NHL contract. He has a goal and 7 points in 6 games.
Unsure as to whether Delmore is back from injury, if he is perhaps hard hitting rookie Piche will sit. Tatar will probably play as the decision on the whereabouts of his immediate playing future looms for the Wings. The line of Ritola/Newbury/Mursak has developed some chemistry as a physical, gritty and defensively responsible line. Larsson should start tonight and look to continue on his recent run of strong form.
Ritola - Newbury - Mursak
Axelsson - Walsh - Tardif
Emmerton - McGrath - Pare
Tatar - Rismiller - Williams
Janik - Kindl
Piche - Pyett
Goals: Williams, Tardif (4)
Assists: Janik, Newbury, Nylander (5)
Points: Newbury (8), 4 tied (6)
PIM: Newbury (58), Crosty (21)
Plus/Minus: Janik (+4), Emmerton, Ehrhardt (+3)
* Michael Nylander has finished his successful conditioning stint with Grand Rapids.
* Larsson stopped 74 of 75 shots in the previous two games and should start tonight.
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