Shaved Ice – April 22

Huge game for #Hockeytown tonight.

The Red Wings take on the Phoenix Coyotes tonight at Joe Louis Arena for a crucial two points in the standings. Detroit currently sits at No. 9 in the West standings with four games to go. Columbus has three points on the Wings, but they’ve played two more games. Detroit also has to deal with Dallas and tonight’s foe – it’s all a big mess between No. 7 (Minnesota) and No. 11 (Phoenix).

Meanwhile, the Grand Rapids Griffins wrapped up the Midwest Division over the weekend, and they’re now preparing for the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs. They’re the No. 3 seed in the West, and they’ll start in Houston for a five-game set with the Aeros. Houston, by the way, will be moving to Iowa, and will be known as the Iowa Wild starting next season.

The Whalers had a double-overtime thriller yesterday, ended by Rickard Rakell, to even their series with London at 1-1. Tom Wilson had a hat trick in the win, and he was named OHL Player of the Week for his effort.

EA Sports launched their cover voting contest today – here’s all of the Michigan natives available to choose from.

The Muskegon Lumberjacks’ season came to an end over the weekend, as the club was eliminated by the Dubuque Fighting Saints.

Here’s a little old-school Red Wings vs. Coyotes to get you fired up for tonight’s game.

The Jets have recalled Zach Redmond from a AHL conditioning stint, which means the Michigan native is moving even closer to a remarkable comeback from his severe leg injury earlier this season. We can’t wait to see him back in NHL action.

The Miami RedHawks have inked coach Enrico Blasi to a 10-year extension.

Barry Melrose gives his predictions for the conclusion of the NHL season – he doesn’t have much faith in the Wings. goalie insider Ken Baker takes a look at what new shootout moves have meant for the league’s goaltenders.

Speaking of EA Sports covers…

We’ll be at The Joe tonight for plenty of Winged Wheel coverage.