GAME PREVIEW – IOWA WILD AT GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS 2.24.18Feb 24, 2018
Iowa Wild (26-15-7-3; 62 pts.) at Grand Rapids Griffins (28-19-1-6; 63 pts.)
Iowa Wild begins its longest road trip of the season with back-to-back games against Grand Rapids Griffins, starting with a contest Saturday evening. The two teams are jockeying for playoff positioning, as Iowa sits in third place in the Central Division, while Grand Rapids is in fourth. A mere .013 points percentage separates the two in the standings.
The Wild ended its five-game homestand with a gritty 2-1 win against Texas Stars on Feb. 19. Wild forward Pat Cannone potted his 13th goal this season and forward Justin Kloos scored the game-winner in the victory. The win gave Iowa its 15th home triumph of the season, just two shy of the franchise record.
- Iowa will play 10 of its next 11 games on the road, where the team has an 11-7-4-2 record in 2017-18.
- The Wild has earned points in the last eight meetings against Grand Rapids, going 4-0-1-3 during that stretch.
- Forward Ryan White recorded his first point in a Wild sweater on forward Pat Cannone’s goal against Texas on Feb. 19.
- Forward Jack Walker made his AHL debut against Texas Stars on Feb. 19.
- Forward Cal O’Reilly has 44 points (9g, 35a) this season, just two points away from the Wild’s franchise single-season record.
- Grand Rapids fell to Chicago Wolves 5-2 on home ice on Feb. 21.
- The loss to Chicago snapped an 11-game point streak, where the team went 9-0-0-2. It was the team’s first loss in regulation since January.
- Goaltender Matej Machovsky made his AHL debut with Grand Rapids against Chicago, stopping 14 of 15 shots.
- Detroit Red Wings assigned forward Dylan Sadowy to Grand Rapids on Feb. 22, prompting Grand Rapids to reassign forward Patrick McCarron to Toledo of the ECHL.
Opponent Date Time Broadcast
at Grand Rapids 2/25 3:00 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio
at Manitoba 3/3 7:00 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio
at Manitoba 3/4 2:00 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio
at Texas 3/7 7:30 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio
at San Antonio 3/9 7:30 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio
The Iowa Wild 2017-18 season is presented by Mercy Medical Center and runs from October through April. For more information, please contact the Wild office by calling 515-564-8700 or by visiting www.iowawild.com.