GAME PREVIEW – IOWA WILD VS. GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINSJan 31, 2020
Iowa Wild (26-14-3-3; 58 pts.) vs. Grand Rapids Griffins (20-20-2-4; 46 pts.)
Feeling refreshed from the AHL All-Star Break, the Wild returns to Wells Fargo Arena to take on the Grand Rapids Griffins Friday night. Iowa heads into the contest in second place in the Central Division with 58 points, while Grand Rapids is in fifth place with 46 points. The meeting will be the fifth of six contests between the two clubs and the last time the two teams will battle in Des Moines.
The Wild won a thrilling 4-3 victory against the Manitoba Moose on Jan. 25 to close out the first half of the season. Forward Gerry Mayhew netted his 30th goal of the season, becoming the first player in Wild history to reach that mark, while forwards Sam Anas, Will Bitten and Kyle Rau all added tallies in the win. Goaltender Mat Robson made 33 saves on 36 shots for his fifth win in his last six outings.
- Forward Kyle Rau’s empty-net, game-winning tally against Manitoba on Jan. 25 was the first such goal in team history.
- Iowa is one of four teams with a five-game point streak, the longest active stretch in the AHL.
- Defenseman Brennan Menell led all Central Division skaters with four assists at the 2020 AHL All-Star Challenge.
- Iowa’s 30 major penalties lead the league and are the most by the AHL All-Star Break since San Diego’s 34 in 2017-18.
- Grand Rapids fell to the San Diego Gulls by a score of 3-1 on Jan. 25.
- The Griffins’ Chris Terry leads the team with 41 points (17g, 24a) in 44 games.
- Forward Matthew Ford earned his first AHL All-Star bid this season and led the Central Division with four goals and five points.
- Detroit recalled forwards Givani Smith and Filip Zadina and defenseman Dennis Cholowski from Grand Rapids on Jan. 30.
The Iowa Wild 2019-20 regular season is presented by MercyOne Des Moines 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.