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Red Wings recall Griffins' quintet

Thursday, 05.3.2007 / 4:37 PM ET / News
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Red Wings recall Griffins\' quintet
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- With the conclusion of the Grand Rapids Griffins' season, the Red Wings on Thursday recalled center Matt Ellis, defensemen Jonathan Ericsson and Derek Meech, and goalies Jimmy Howard and Stefan Liv.

The five join the parent club as it prepares for Saturday's pivotal Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the San Jose Sharks at Joe Louis Arena.

Ellis, who made his NHL debut this season by playing 16 games with the Red Wings, enjoyed a career year with the Griffins, recording personal bests of 49 points and a team-high 26 goals in 65 games. He was the team's top producer during the playoffs, pacing Grand Rapids with four goals, seven points, two game-winning goals, one power play goal, one shorthanded goal and one overtime goal (tied) during its seven-game loss to the Manitoba Moose in the North Division semifinals.

Ericsson appeared in 67 games with the Griffins as a rookie, tying Meech for top-scoring defenseman honors with 29 points (5-24-29). He also skated in each of the team's seven playoff games.

Meech saw his first NHL action in four games with Detroit this season. In 67 regular season contests, he led Griffins' defensemen in goals (six) as well as tying for the points lead, and he contributed one assist during the postseason.

Howard enjoyed a strong playoff series, currently placing him among the AHL's leaders with a 1.93 goals against average (5th) and a 0.927 save percentage (4th). He served two stints as a backup for the Red Wings this season, while logging 49 games for the Griffins with a 21-21-3 record, a 2.70 GAA and a 0.911 save percentage.

Liv, who was recalled twice by Detroit this season without seeing any playing time, made a promising North American debut for Grand Rapids, posting a 15-15-2 record with a 3.01 GAA and a 0.895 save percentage in 34 games. He did not play during the playoffs.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59