The AHL Houston Aeros are no more after suffering a 7-0 loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins yesterday. The Minnesota Wild will move the franchise to Des Moines, Iowa for the 2013-14 campaign.
With Houston done and the Wild down 2-0 to the Chicago Blackhawks going into Game 3 this afternoon (3:00 p.m. ET, NBC), the Wild have decided to summon some reinforcements, according to the Star Tribune.
Forwards Mikael Granlund, Stephane Veilleux, and Jake Dowell were all recalled. It’s not clear if any of those three will play today.
Of them, 31-year-old Veilleux has the most experience after playing in 460 career NHL games. He had two assists and 15 penalty minutes in 22 games with Minnesota and Tampa Bay in 2011-12.
Granlund, 21, would be the most intriguing choice to put into the lineup. Unlike the other two players called up, Granlund has a ton of potential and is a serious offensive threat. At the same time, he had difficulty establishing himself in the NHL as a rookie this season, so he might not be ready for playoff hockey.
Mike Babcock’s reign with the Detroit Red Wings ended in another first-round defeat, yet it may be lost in time just how close that series was.
Yes, the Tampa Bay Lightning shut down the Red Wings to win Game 7 at home, but Ben Bishop deserves a ton of the credit. The Red Wings snagged the puck for much of the contest, just not enough to beat the big goalie.
While change is in the air in Detroit, the Bolts are largely the same squad that generated a nice showing in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. We’ll get to see if the Red Wings gain a measure of revenge on NBCSN tonight, with home-ice advantage this time around.
Damon Severson was a healthy scratch on Saturday.
It’s the last game he wants to miss this season.
“I had a good chat with a few people and just pretty much said, ‘I want to be in the next 80 games,’” Severson said, per The Record. “I sat out my game and that’s all I want to be out for for the year.”
Severson is one of the Devils’ most important young players. But this is also the 21-year-old defenseman’s sophomore season, and that’s when slumps can occur.
Hence, the early message he was sent by the coaching staff.
Severson is expected to be back in the lineup tonight when New Jersey hosts Nashville.
“He doesn’t have to be perfect,” coach John Hynes told reporters. “We’d just like to see him have a high compete level. We know he’s ready to go. We had a couple of good meetings with him. He’s in a good spot mentally. I know he’s ready to roll.”