First-Place Griffins Finish Homestand, Travel to Chicago
This Week's Games
Rockford IceHogs at GRIFFINS // Wed., Feb. 20 // 7 p.m. // Van Andel Arena
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Season Series: 2-0-1-0 Home, 3-1-2-0 Overall. Seventh of 10 meetings overall, fourth of five at Van Andel Arena
All-Time Series: 29-10-2-2 Home, 43-30-5-8 Overall
NHL Affiliation: Chicago Blackhawks
Noteworthy: When facing Rockford at Van Andel Arena, the Griffins have points in seven in a row (6-0-1-0) and in 11 of the last 12 (10-1-1-0).
Texas Stars at GRIFFINS // Fri., Feb. 22 // 7 p.m. // Van Andel Arena
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Season Series: 1-1-0-0 Home, 2-2-0-0 Overall. Fifth of eight meetings overall, third of four at Van Andel Arena
All-Time Series: 14-6-0-3 Home, 27-14-2-3 Overall
NHL Affiliation: Dallas Stars
Noteworthy: In the last 14 meetings between the teams in West Michigan, the Griffins are 10-3-0-1.
GRIFFINS at Chicago Wolves // Sat., Feb. 23 // 8 p.m. EST // Allstate Arena
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Season Series: 1-2-0-0 Road, 3-3-0-0 Overall. Seventh of eight meetings overall, fourth of four at Allstate Arena
All-Time Series: 42-33-0-2-1 Road, 84-59-2-6-3 Overall
NHL Affiliation: Vegas Golden Knights
Noteworthy: Chicago has won the last two matchups after Grand Rapids recorded a three-game winning streak from Oct. 20-Nov. 28.
Last Week's Results
Fri., Feb. 15 San Antonio Rampage 1 at GRIFFINS 5 29-16-3-4 (65 points, 1st Central Division)
Sat., Feb. 16 San Antonio Rampage 2 at GRIFFINS 3 OT 30-16-3-4 (67 points, 1st Central)
Status Update: Following last weekend's sweep of the San Antonio Rampage, the Grand Rapids Griffins continue to lead the Central Division by four points with 67 to go along with a 30-16-3-4 overall record. Grand Rapids has collected wins in nine of its last 12 games and picked up points in 18 of its last 23 (15-5-1-2). The Griffins will complete their season-high seven-game homestand against Rockford and Texas on Wednesday and Friday, respectively, before traveling to Chicago on Saturday. Grand Rapids is in the midst of facing 20 consecutive Central Division foes.
Follow the Leader(s):
Points: Chris Terry (47)
Goals: Terry (24)
Assists: Carter Camper (25)
Plus-Minus: Terry (+16)
PIM: Turner Elson (58)
Wins: Harri Sateri (18)
GAA: Patrik Rybar (2.31)
Save %: Rybar (0.915)
Last Week's Notes:
Friday vs. San Antonio - Grand Rapids has won seven straight on home ice against San Antonio...Wade Megan registered the first hat trick by a Griffin this season and his second career three-goal game (Dec. 28, 2016 CHI at RFD)...With an empty-net goal and an assist, Filip Zadina extended his goal streak to three and point streak to four...Harri Sateri stopped 20 shots to earn his 18th victory of the season and match his AHL career high...47 shots marked a season high...The Griffins' 22 shots in the first period were one shy of their season high for a single period (Jan. 31 at TEX, 2nd period)...The four-goal margin of victory matched a season high (Nov. 4 at CLE). Recap | Highlights
Saturday vs. San Antonio - Grand Rapids scored two goals 1:26 apart late in the third period to tie the game 2-2...Carter Camper scored his 100th pro goal at 18:10 and Martin Frk potted his first AHL tally of the season at 19:36...Filip Zadina scored the winner eight seconds into overtime, the fastest OT goal in franchise history...Landon Ferraro had held the regular season mark at 18 seconds (3/13/13 vs. CHI) while Tyler Bertuzzi owns the playoff record at 13 seconds (5/14/15 at RFD)...Patrik Rybar matched his season high with 33 saves...The Griffins have won eight in a row at Van Andel Arena against the Rampage...The capacity crowd of 10,834 marked the Griffins' sixth sellout of the season...Grand Rapids has been tied with its opponent after regulation 15 times this season...Chris Terry played in his 700th pro game and Turner Elson in his 300th.
Recap | Highlights
This Week's Promotions: Wednesday against Rockford is a Winning Wednesday presented by Farm Bureau Insurance. Every time the Griffins win at home on Wednesday, each fan in attendance will receive a free ticket to the next Wednesday game. All fans who were in attendance for the Griffins' win against the Manitoba Moose on Feb. 6 can redeem their ticket stub for a free ticket to this game. On Friday against Texas, fans can enjoy $2 hot dogs and $2 domestic drafts from 6-8 p.m., while supplies last. Click here to see the full list of promos.
Friendly Confines: The Griffins have points in 11 of their last 13 contests at Van Andel Arena (10-2-0-1), including wins in five of six. With a 20-5-1-3 overall mark inside friendly confines, the Griffins lead the league in home wins (20), points (44) and points percentage (0.759). Grand Rapids is a +21 in goal differential at home while averaging 3.21 goals and operating at 18.70% on the power play, compared to -11, 2.67 and 8.65% on enemy ice. Chris Terry (12-16-28), Carter Camper (9-17-26) and Filip Zadina (12-12-24) lead the team in scoring at home. Harri Sateri is 13-2-0 at Van Andel Arena with a 2.25 GAA and a 0.916 save percentage while Patrik Rybar is 7-3-4 with a 2.25 GAA and a 0.918 save mark.
Staycation: Grand Rapids is 4-1 in its season-high seven-game homestand, which concludes this week with tilts against Rockford on Wednesday and Texas on Friday. So far in the homestand, the Griffins are a plus-six in goal differential (15-9), plus-25 in shot margin (167-142), have allowed one goal on three occasions, and are operating at 20.8% on the power play (5/24) and 84.2% on the penalty kill (16/19). Seven games is the team's longest since a seven-game stretch from Nov. 29-Dec. 14, 2013. Grand Rapids will play seven home games in a 17-day period this month, and then close out the campaign with seven home contests spread across the regular season's final 50 days. Take a look at the longest homestands in Grand Rapids history and how the club has fared:
30 and Counting: Following Saturday night's win against San Antonio, the Griffins became the fifth team in the league, and second in the Western Conference, to reach 30 victories. Grand Rapids has achieved 30 Ws or more in its first 53 games for the sixth time in the last seven seasons.
Road Trippin': After a four-game winless stretch on the road (0-3-1-0) from Dec. 7-16, the Griffins have points in seven of their last 10 on foreign ice (5-3-1-1) and are a +3 in goal differential in that span. Grand Rapids will play 14 of its final 21 games in enemy territory, including a season-high six-game road swing from March 16-26. Chris Terry (12-7-19) and Matt Puempel (7-10-17) pace the team in scoring in away contests.
Rally Caps: The Griffins have overcome a two-goal deficit to win on six occasions so far, including last Saturday against San Antonio. Grand Rapids has four wins when trailing after two periods, tied for the third most in the AHL. In one goal games, the Griffins are 12-2-3-4 (0.738).
Z-Score: With the game-winning goal and an assist last Saturday, rookie Filip Zadina has lit the lamp in four straight games, the longest streak by a Griffin this season. His five-game point streak has also established a personal season high. Among first-year AHL players, Zadina ties for seventh in goals (15) and 12th in power play markers (4). His seven points (4-3-7) in February are a team high and tie for 10th among league rookies.
Wade For It: Wade Megan notched his second career hat trick (Dec. 28, 2016, CHI at RFD) last Friday, and it also marked the first three-goal game by a Griffin since Colin Campbell on April 14, 2018 vs. CLE. In 16 GP in 2019, Megan leads Grand Rapids in points (16), goals (9) and plus-minus (+10), while placing second in assists (7).
You're a Wizard, Harri: Harri Sateri has won seven of his last nine starts, showing a 1.78 GAA and a 0.938 save percentage (240 of 256) in that span. His 2.21 GAA in the new year ties for ninth among goalies with 400 or more minutes in that time frame. The Finnish netminder has points in 16 of his last 20 outings (14-4-2) and in 11 of his last 14 (10-3-1). Sateri's 18 wins on the season, which matches his AHL career best (2013-14 with Worcester), tie for fifth in the league.
Rybar Supports: Patrik Rybar has points in eight of his last 10 games (6-2-2) and shows a 2.06 GAA and a 0.928 save percentage with one shutout in that span. In his last two appearances, he's stopped 66 of 69 shots (0.957). Rybar leads the AHL with a 2.31 overall GAA.
Dennis the Menace: Assigned by the Red Wings last Thursday, rookie defenseman Dennis Cholowski tallied an assist in both games last weekend. He picked up a power play helper on Wade Megan's game-winning goal on Friday and the secondary assist on Martin Frk's game-tying marker with 24 seconds left in regulation on Saturday. The 21-year-old's combined plus-six rating for the two games was a team high.
Frkin' Right: Also assigned by Detroit last Thursday after clearing waivers, Martin Frk made his first appearance with the Griffins last weekend since he scored the winning goal in the third period in Game 6 of the 2017 Calder Cup Finals. He picked up a pair of assists on Friday and notched an assist to go along with the game-tying goal on Saturday.
Puemped Up: Matt Puempel leads the team with 14 multi-point efforts in 48 games played. In comparison, he had 15 in 62 GP last season. The sixth-year pro also paces the club with five PPGs. He ranks second on the Griffins in both goals (18) and points (40) and his team-high 175 shots are third in the league.
(Don't) Put It In Reverse Terr: The AHL's leading scorer from a season ago, Chris Terry ties for fourth on the league's goal leaderboard with 24. The 10th-year pro has reached the 20-goal plateau for the sixth time in his AHL career. With 47 points overall, he ties for 13th on the circuit in scoring. Competing for the Central Division at the 2019 AHL All-Star Classic, Terry earned his third consecutive AHL All-Star bid and fourth overall (2012).
AHL's Active Goal Leaders:
1) Chris Bourque (BRI) - 245
2) Chris Mueller (TOR) - 213
3) Chris Terry - 207
Page Turner: Turner Elson places fifth on the team with 28 points (12-16-28) and is just two shy of leveling his career high of 30, which he has attained twice previously (2014-15 with Adirondack and 2015-16 with Stockton). Sixteen assists has already equaled his career best total from 2015-16. Elson has all three of the Griffins' shorthanded goals this season, which ties for second in the AHL.
Griffins in General: The Griffins' 3-0 win against Milwaukee on Jan. 19 marked the franchise's 950th all-time regular season victory...Grand Rapids is 957-645-27-54-112 (0.587) in the regular season since 1996-97...Grand Rapids' 297 regular season wins and 641 points since the 2012-13 campaign are both the second-most in the AHL in that time, trailing only Toronto (305 / 658) and just ahead of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (293 / 632).
Milestones Within Reach:
Joe Hicketts - needs three games played to reach 200 as a pro
Axel Holmstrom - needs one point to reach 50 as a Griffin
Turner Elson - needs one point to reach 50 as a Griffin
Carter Camper - needs one goal to reach 100 in the AHL
Wade Megan - needs three assists to reach 200 as a pro
Dominic Turgeon - needs two games played to reach 200 as a pro
Chris Terry - needs two games played to reach 550 in the AHL
Jake Chelios - needs five games played to reach 300 as a pro
Derek Hulak - needs four points to reach 100 in the AHL
Colin Campbell - needs four games played to reach 300 in the AHL
Matthew Ford - needs one point to reach 400 in the AHL, needs seven points to reach 100 as a Griffin
Matt Puempel - needs six points to reach 100 as a Griffin
Rockford Notes: Current record 25-21-3-5, 58 points, 4th Central Division...Seventh of 10 meetings overall, fourth of five at Van Andel Arena...Four of the last five games have been decided by one goal...Grand Rapids has points in 10 of the last 11 meetings overall (7-1-2-1), including an eight-game streak that lasted from Dec. 23, 2017-Dec. 14, 2018...At Van Andel Arena, the Griffins have points in seven in a row (6-0-1-0) and in 11 of the last 12 (10-1-1-0)...Since the 2012-13 campaign, Grand Rapids is 23-4-2-1 (0.817) against the IceHogs at the Van and 12-13-1-4 (0.483) at Rockford...Chris Terry leads the Griffins in points in the season series with four (2-2-4), while Matt Puempel and Colin Campbell are tied for the lead in assists with three... Harri Sateri is 2-0-1 against the IceHogs this season with a 1.63 GAA and 0.948 save percentage...Patrik Rybar has a 1-1-1 record vs. Rockford, tallying a 2.01 GAA and 0.926 save percentage...AHL firsts coming vs. RFD: Givani Smith first goal (Dec. 7, 2018 at RFD), Colin Campbell first goal (March 29, 2014 vs. RFD), Jake Chelios first point (April 18, 2014 at RFD) and Vili Saarijarvi debut and first point (Oct. 28, 2017 at RFD)...Derek Hulak made his Griffins debut at Rockford on Dec. 7 and potted a goal.
Last Game (Jan. 18 at Rockford): In the most recent meeting, the Griffins snapped an eight-game winless streak (0-4-1-3) at the BMO Harris Bank Center with a 3-1 victory...With Rockford leading 1-0 early in the middle frame, Jake Chelios scored his first goal as a Griffin off a wrist shot to tie the game...In addition tallying an assist on Chelios' goal, Wade Megan notched two tallies of his own...Harri Sateri picked up 29 saves through 30 shots and earned second-star honors.
Last Game at Van Andel Arena (Dec. 31): Joe Hicketts' slapshot at 15:16 of the final period proved to be the game-winning goal for Grand Rapids as it tallied a 2-1 win over Rockford during the Griffins' 22nd annual New Year's Eve game...The win was Grand Rapids' sixth consecutive New Year's Eve sellout with a crowd of 10,834...Carter Camper scored the Griffins' first goal off assists from Chris Terry and Brian Lashoff while on the power play...Terry finished the night with two points after assisting on both Camper and Hicketts' goals...Harri Sateri earned first-star honors with 31 saves...Grand Rapids ended the 2018 calendar year with a 47-21-4-5 record (0.669).
Rockford Connections: Former Griffin Derek King is the interim head coach of the IceHogs after Jeremy Colliton was brought up to coach the Blackhawks on Nov. 6...King played in Grand Rapids from 1999-01 and 2002-04 and is the franchise's all-time leading playoff scorer (16-25-41) and ranks fifth in regular season points (73-130-203)...King and Ben Simon were both assistant coaches with the Toronto Marlies in 2014-15...Simon also served as an assistant coach with the IceHogs during the 2012-13 season.
Texas Notes: Current record 25-21-3-2, 55 points, T6th Central Division...Fifth of eight meetings overall, third of four at Van Andel Arena...Grand Rapids is 2-2 in the season series, winning the last two matchups...In the last 14 meetings between the teams in West Michigan, the Griffins are 10-3-0-1...Since the 2013-14 campaign, Grand Rapids is 17-7-1-1 in 26 games overall vs. Texas...Chris Terry headlines scoring for the Griffins with six points (4-2-6) through four games in the series...Texas goaltender Landon Bow (3.27 GAA, 0.891 save percentage) and Harri Sateri (3.28 GAA, 0.882 save percentage) have both started all four games of the series in net...The Stars sit at second in the league with a power play efficiency of 23.6% and have converted on 5 of 15 chances (33.3%) against the Griffins...On Oct. 5, 2018, Ben Simon made his AHL head coaching debut at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park against the Stars.
Last Game (Jan. 31 at Texas): The Griffins came away with a 5-3 win in their second trip to Cedar Park this season...While in Grand Rapids' lineup on a conditioning assignment from the Red Wings, Michael Rasmussen scored two goals in his first AHL game...Harri Sateri collected 25 saves to run his winning streak to a season-high five games...Along with Rasmussen, Axel Holmstrom (0-2-2) finished the night with two points...Grand Rapids' 23 shots in the second frame tied the franchise record for most shots in a road period (twice, most recently in the third period at Manitoba on March 31, 2006)...After Texas' Joel L'Esperance scored his 24th goal of the year to lead the league in goal-scoring, Chris Terry notched his 24th in the second period to re-established a tie for the top spot.
Last Game at Van Andel Arena (Dec. 1): Two-goal performances from Chris Terry and Colin Campbell assisted Grand Rapids to its first win over the Stars this season, 6-3...Campbell's two tallies were his first and second goals of the season, scored at 2:10 and 10:02 of the opening frame...Dominic Turgeon notched primary assists on both of Campbell's goals...Along with Campbell and Turgeon, Dominik Shine (1-1-2) and Carter Camper (1-1-2) also accumulated two points apiece...Terry led both teams in point scoring with three (2-1-3) and tallied his 500th pro point...Harri Sateri collected 28 stops...Filip Hronek's assist on Terry's first goal extended his point streak to six games, a new career high.
Chicago Notes: Current record 28-17-5-1, 62 points, 3rd Central Division...Seventh of eight meetings overall, fourth of four at Allstate Arena...Chicago has won the last two matchups after Grand Rapids recorded a three-game winning streak from Oct. 20-Nov. 28...In their last 10 games at Allstate Arena, the Griffins are 5-4-0-1...Turner Elson (4-2-6 in 6 GP) leads Grand Rapids in the series in points and has a plus-seven rating in six games...Matt Puempel ties Elson's team lead in goal scoring with four, while Carter Camper has tallied four assists in the series...Between the pipes, Harri Sateri has a 3-1-0 record against the Wolves with a 2.75 GAA and 0.911 save percentage, while Chicago goaltender Max Lagace is 2-2-0 with a 2.54 GAA and 0.923 save percentage...Both of Patrik Rybar's starts in the series have come at Allstate Arena and he is 0-2-0 with a 4.61 GAA and a 0.820 save mark...David Pope (Oct. 13) and Vili Saarijarvi (Oct. 20) both netted their first AHL goals against the Wolves this season.
Last Game at Van Andel Arena (Feb. 10): The Wolves handed Grand Rapids just its second home regulation loss in its last 11 games at Van Andel Arena with a 4-1 victory...The loss moved Chicago within three points of the top-ranked Griffins...At 4:35 of the third period, Filip Zadina put the Griffins on the board with his 13th goal of the season off an assist from Matt Puempel...Harri Sateri made 27 saves...The Griffins recorded 19 of their 35 shots in the final 20 minutes of regulation, outshooting Chicago 19-7 in the frame.
Last Game at Chicago (Jan. 16): Gage Quinney and league leading point-scorer Daniel Carr combined for six of Chicago's eight points to snap Grand Rapids' three-game winning streak over the Wolves with a 5-2 win...Dominic Turgeon netted his fourth goal of the season to open scoring just 2:02 into the first period...With the Griffins trailing 2-1 in the second period, Givani Smith produced his second goal of the season off an assist from Axel Holmstrom to tie the game...Patrik Rybar turned away 22 shots on the night.
Chicago Connections: Brooks Macek was originally drafted 171st overall by the Red Wings in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft...Head coach Ben Simon and assistant coach Brad Tapper won the Calder Cup as players with the Wolves in 2002, their second consecutive season capturing a league championship together after hoisting the IHL's Turner Cup with the Orlando Solar Bears in 2001...Simon logged 196 GP with Chicago from 2001-03 and 2004-05, registering 87 points (37-50-87) and 192 PIM...Tapper appeared in 98 GP with the Wolves from 2001-04, tallying 58 points (24-34-58) and 130 PIM...Tapper served as an assistant with the Wolves from 2014-16...Jake Chelios made his AHL debut with Chicago on April 11, 2014 at Iowa and went on to skate in 45 games with the Wolves from 2013-15, picking up 16 points (1-15-16)...Wade Megan totaled 99 points (44-55-99), a plus-34 rating and 109 PIM in 136 games with Chicago from 2016-18...Megan paced the AHL with 33 goals during his first season with the Wolves in 2016-17 and was named to the AHL First All-Star Team.
Win Some, Lose Some: Compare the statistics between the Griffins' 30 wins and 23 (including OT and SO) losses:
GF GA PP% PK% SF SA
W (30) 3.87 1.87 19.38% 87.85% 30.63 27.97
L (23) 1.78 3.96 7.14% 67.06% 31.35 28.39
Back to Backs: This weekend will mark the 19th of 26 times total this season the Griffins will play on consecutive nights. Grand Rapids has won seven of its last 10 on the second night.
W L (incl. OT, SO) GF GA PP% PK% SF SA
First Night 7 11 2.94 2.83 17.11% 77.78% 31.39 27.33
Second Night 12 6 2.89 2.78 12.35% 78.87% 29.50 27.83
Third Night 1 1 4.50 3.00 0.00% 50.00% 36.50 32.50
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