The Detroit Red Wings are returning home following a tough trip to Sweden. They picked up one point out of a possible four losing in overtime to the Ottawa Senators on Thursday and then losing 3-2 to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday.
The Red Wings’ minor league affiliates, however, combined to go 4-2-1 over the last week with their AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, going 1-2-0, winning against the Chicago Wolves on Wednesday but dropping both games over the weekend to the Texas Stars; they were outscored 13-11 in the three games. The Griffins still sit in fifth place in the Central Division at 4-7-1-1 with ten points, tied with the Manitoba Moose. The Red Wings ECHL affiliate, the Toledo Walleye, went 3-0-1 over the weekend and still sit in first place in the Central Division at 8-1-1-1 and 18 points. The Walleye outscored their opponent 16-11. Now, the three stars of the week for the Red Wings prospects.
Three Stars of the Week
3.) Forward – Nate Danielson – Brandon Wheat Kings
Over the last week, Danielson had played in two games and scored a goal in each game as the Wheat Kings went 1-1-0. This season, Danielson has played in 16 games and recorded 13 points, coming on five goals and eight assists, including the two goals from the past week, and he is a minus-one on the year.
2.) Forward – Carter Mazur – Grand Rapids Griffins
Mazur played in three games this week, but it was one game that put him over the top, and that was on Wednesday when he recorded two goals and an assist for three points. However, he did not appear on the scoresheet in the two games over the weekend. This season, he has played in seven games and has five points on two goals and three assists.
1.) Goalie – Trey Augustine – Michigan State
Augustine started both games this weekend for the Spartans against Wisconsin and won both games. In Friday’s game, he stopped 32 of the 34 shots he faced in a 4-2 win; on Saturday, he stopped 28 of the 30 in a 3-2 win. With the two wins over the weekend, he improved to 9-2-1 with a .913 save percentage and a 2.99 GAA. He has also won three straight starts and hasn’t taken a loss in his last six starts, and he has led the Spartans to first in the Big Ten conference.
This coming week, the Griffins will play Friday and Sunday against the Manitoba Moose, the AHL affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets. Friday’s game will start at 7:00 PM, and Sunday’s game at 5:00 PM.
The Walleye will play three games this week, starting with a game on Wednesday against the Wheeling Nailers, the ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, with puck drop set for 7:10 PM.; The Walleye lost to the Nailers last Wednesday 6-5 in a shootout. On Friday, they will face Kalamazoo Wings, the ECHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks, with a puck drop at 7:15 PM; The Walleye beat the Wings last Friday 4-2. On Saturday, they will hit the road to take on the Fort Wayne Komets, the ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, with puck drop set for 7:30 PM; the Walleye beat the Komets last Saturday 3-2 in a shootout.