3 IT’S A GREAT NIGHT TO GO MOOSE HUNTING… THE GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS TAKE ON THE MANITOBA MOOSE AT VAN ANDEL ARENA… THE FIRST MEETING BETWEEN THE TWO DIVISION RIVALS… 3 WE’VE GOT 24 HOUR NEWS EIGHT… GRIFFINS INSIDER LARRY FIGURSKI AT THE GAME.. HE JOINS US LIVE FROM VAN ANDEL.. LARRY… THIS TEAM IS LOOKING MORE AND MORE LIKE THE RED WINGS…. 3 YES THERE ARE JACK…ALBEIT WITH A MUCH BETTER WINNING PERCENTAGE…BEST IN THE CONFERENCE. TWO MORE RECENT RED WINGS IN THE GRIFFINS LINE UP TONIGHT…ONE FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME….AND PERHAPS FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SEASON. 3 DREW MILLER SPENT THE LAST 8 SEASONS IN DETROIT WITH THE RED WINGS..BUT AT 32, GOT CAUGHT UP IN THE YOUTH MOVEMENT IN HOCKEYTOWN. AS DREW TOLD US MONDAY…IT’S NOT A “POSITIVE” NOR “IDEAL” SITUATION FOR HIM…BUT HE IS NOT GOING TO MOPE OR BE NEGATIVE…AND WILL DO ALL HE CAN TO HELP THE GRIFFINS CONTINUE TO WIN…IN HOPES OF GETTING PICKED UP BY ANOTHER N-H-L TEAM. AS FOR HIS ROLE IN GRAND RAPIDS? RAPIDS? 3 DREW MILLER/GRIFFINS FORWARD: I DON’T THINK I’M GOING TO BE COMING IN HERE AND BE A BIG “THIS IS HOW YOU DO THIS, OR THIS IS HOW YOU DO THAT” GUY, I THINK IT’S JUST MORE, PLAY MY GAME AND MAYBE LEAD BY EXAMPLE. I THINK IT’S PRETTY LATE IN THE SEASON TO COME IN AND BE ONE OF THE VETERAN LEADERSHIP GUYS. I THINK THEY HAVE THAT SET HERE. PENDING IF I’M HERE LONG TERM, I COULD EVOLVEMAYBE INTO THAT, BUT I THINK THEY HAVE A GOOD CORE GUYS THAT DO THAT. 3 JIMMY HOWARD WILL MAKE HIS SECOND GRIFFINS START IN AS MANY GAMES…AFTER MISSING SIX WEEKS WITH A KNEE INJURY IN DETROIT. HOWARD DID GIVE UP FIVE GOALS ON 29 SHOTS, LAST SATURDAY, IN HIS RETURN TO THE ICE… AND ADMITTED HE WAS A BIT RUSTY…BUT THE GOOD NEWS…FELT NO ILL EFFECTS, FROM THE KNEE INJURY. 3 3 LARRY FIGURSKI: IS THAT MORE OF WHAT IT’S ABOUT HERE JIMMY, IS TRACKING THE PUCK AS OPPOSED TO , YOU KNOW, PHYSICALLY HOW YOU FEEL?JIMMY HOWARD/RED WINGS-GRIFFINS GOALIE: YEAH, PHYSICALLY I FELT FINE. YOU KNOW, NOTHING WAS ALARMING WITH MY KNEE OR ANYTHING, PHYSICALLY I FELT GREAT. IT WAS JUST TRACKING THE PUCK AND PRETTY, YOU KNOW, PRETTY MUCH TIMING. 3 LOTS OF RED WING BRASS EXPECTED HERE IN THE BUILDING FOR TONIGHT’S GAME…AND AFTERWARDS THEY’LL MAKE A DECISION WAS NEXT FOR JIMMY.. MORE THAN LIKELY A RETURN TO DETROIT.LIVE AT VAN ANDEL ARENA. LF24HN8. 3

2 Red Wings skating with the Griffins
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