Dec 13, 2017


Iowa Wild (12-8-5-0; 29 pts.) at Grand Rapids Griffins (9-13-0-3; 21 pts.)

For the second-straight game, Iowa Wild takes on the Grand Rapids Griffins. Sunday afternoon, the two teams kicked off their eight-game season series, with the Wild claiming a 2-1 victory at Wells Fargo Arena. Overall, Iowa and Grand Rapids will play three times this month. Tonight is the 33rd all-time meeting, with Iowa looking for its 10th victory in four-plus seasons of action against Grand Rapids. The Wild holds a 4-11-0-0 mark at Van Andel Arena in 15 total contests.

Last Game Recap –

The Wild edged the Griffins 2-1 on Sunday afternoon. Forwards Luke Kunin and Gerry Mayhew put Iowa in front by a pair of goals before winger Zach Natasiuk got on the board for the visiting Griffins. Wild goaltender Steve Michalek (40 saves) earned his sixth win of the campaign as the Wild extended its point streak to six games (4-0-1-1) versus Grand Rapids, dating back to last season.

WILD Notables –

  • Sunday marked the first time since November 24 that the Wild allowed less than three goals in a game
  • Center Pat Cannone is on an eight-game point streak (4g, 5a), equaling the longest such streak in franchise history
  • Winger Sam Anas has at least one point in three-straight games and five of his last seven overall
  • Iowa enters this game on a five-game, road point streak (3-0-2-0)
  • Center Cal O’Reilly is slated to play in his 550th career, regular season AHL game tonight

GRIFFINS Notables –

  • The Griffins have dropped three-straight games and they have just one win their last nine outings (1-6-0-2)
  • Grand Rapids is just 4-7-0-1 at home; they’ve won exactly 25 games at Van Andel Arena each of the last two seasons
  • Defenseman Filip Hronek has recorded two assists over his last three games
  • Grand Rapids has fired 30 or more shots on goal in 14 of its last 16 outings

Upcoming Games:

Opponent                              Date   Time              Broadcast

at Milwaukee                            12/15     7:00 PM CT    KXNO / iHeartRadio

at Chicago                               12/16     7:00 PM CT    KXNO / iHeartRadio

at Cleveland                             12/18     6:00 PM CT    KXNO / iHeartRadio

at Cleveland                             12/20     6:00 PM CT    KXNO / iHeartRadio

vs. Grand Rapids                     12/22     7:00 PM CT    KXNO / iHeartRadio

Recent Transactions:

11.30.17 - ADD Matt Caito (D) – recalled from Rapid City (ECHL)

11.30.17 – DELETE Branden Komm (G) – released from PTO

12.01.17 - ADD Adam Vay (G) – recalled from Rapid City (ECHL)

12.04.17 – DELETE Adam Vay (G) – assigned to Rapid City (ECHL)

12.06.17 – DELETE Joel Eriksson Ek (C) – recalled to Minnesota (NHL)

12.10.17 -  DELETE Jack Walker (F) – assigned to Rapid City (ECHL)

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