Grand Rapids Griffins Are In Must Win Situation To Make Playoffs
It's been a tough season for the Grand Rapids Griffins who are now in a must-win situation if they want to get a shot at getting in the playoffs.
Grand Rapids Griffins 2021/22 Season
Hockey is a tough sport no matter what team you are on, but it's also a sport you do not want to get behind in your league when it comes to wins and loses.
With only six games left in the regular season, the Griffins are sitting at a record of 31-31. Playing 500 hockey this late in the season puts them in a must-win situation every game.
Tonight's game against the Iowa Wild is a road game and if the Griffins lose there are no playoffs at all.
What Will It Take For Griffins To Make Playoffs?
In the American Hockey League (AHL) only 4 teams from each division can make the playoffs with a total of 16 teams. Currently, the Griffins are in 5th in the Central Division and just 3 games behind the Rockford Icehogs.
Let's face it, the Griffins need some help from other teams in the division as in they need the Icehogs to lose their final six games, one of which is against the Griffins on April 20.
The Chicago Wolves are leading the division and will definitely make the playoffs even if they lose their last 6 games. The problem for the Griffins is three of their last games are against the Wolves and they have been the team to beat all season.
What Are Griffins Players and Coaches Saying?
According to FOX 17, Griffins goalie Victor Brattstrom said, "I mean it's desperate and it's playoff hockey. and we have to play like that, otherwise, we don't make the playoffs. So yeah, it's one game at a time right now.
FOX 17 reported that Griffins coach Ben Simon said, "I liked our balance of all four lines, so when you have contributions from a lot of different facets you're going to have more success more often than not."
Griffins and fans need to focus on tonight's game against the Wild and hopefully, the Griffs skate away with a win. Then, take each of these next games one at a time.