Player in Focus: Jan Mursak
Mursak endured a frustrating rookie season as he managed only two goals. However already this season he has doubled that and more. He's impressed everyone with his speed, energy and willingness to forecheck and play physical. He has become a key man on the Griffins PK unit.
The Grand Rapids Griffins search for their 3rd straight win when they host the Chicago Wolves. 18 year old rookie Tomas Tatar has been in fine form lately with 6 points in the last 4 games, including 5 from the past 2. Jeremy Williams leads the team in points and is on a 3 game point streak (1-4-5). After dropping his first two starts of the season, Daniel Larsson has recorded 7 straight victories. Although they like to rotate the starts and Larsson has played the last 2, I'd expect him to start again tonight.
Tatar and Mursak have shown some good chemistry and although the lines change frequently, it appears as though the line from the beginning of the season in Ritola/Newbury/Williams is back in tact. Defenceman Jakub Kindl, on the back of a 3 assist game, injured his foot in practice last night and is questionable. If he misses, expect rookie Piche to be inserted into the line-up.
Ritola - Newbury - Williams
Vigilante - McGrath - Tardif
Tatar - Rismiller - Mursak
Axelsson - Emmerton - Pare
Kolosov - Delmore
Janik - Kindl
Crosty - Pyett
Goals: Williams (9), Tardif (6), Mursak, McGrath (5)
Assists: Kindl, Janik, Newbury (9)
Points: Williams (14), Newbury (13), Janik (12)
PIM: Crosty (67), Newbury (60)
Plus/Minus: Emmerton, Janik (+9), Tatar, Rissmiller (+7)
Past 5 Games:
6-3 Win @ Toronto (Nov 21 2009) Final
4-1 Win vs. Texas (Nov 20 2009) Final
3-1 Loss vs. Rochester (Nov 14 2009) Final
3-2 Win vs. Milwaukee (Nov 13 2009) Final OT
2-1 Win vs. Lake Erie (Nov 11 2009) Final
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Edited by Aussie_Wing, 25 November 2009 - 10:41 AM.