The Grand Rapids Griffins face the Chicago Wolves tonight as they start a seven-game Central Division Series in Chicago.

The Griffins have three players left from their 2013 Calder Cup championship run.  Brian Lashoff, Mitch Callahan and Nathan Paetsch all played under then Coach Jeff Blashell, who now is the Red Wings’ head coach.    Three youngsters lead the Griffins on offense:  Evgeny Svechnikov, Tyler Bertuzzi  and Tomas Nosek (were some of the Griffins that stood out offensively in the series sweep against Milwaukee.

Game two is Friday in the Windy City.   Game 3 will be Saturday night in Grand Rapids.  Game four is on Monday in Grand Rapids.

NBA Playoffs

The Boston Celtics beat Washington, 129-119 in overtime. Isaiah Thomas had 53 points despite having trouble  with a newly-fitted mouth guard after losing a tooth in Game 1 on Sunday.   The Celtics lead the Wizards 2-0.   Game 3 is Thursday in Washington.

Stephen Curry scored 22 points through three quarters as the Golden State Warriors whipped Utah, 106-94 in Game 1 of the NBA's Western Conference semifinal series.  Golden State hosts game two on Thursday.

Cleveland hosts Toronto tonight, leading the Raptors 1-0.

Houston is at San Antonio, and the Rockets lead 1-0.  Game 2 is tonight in San Antonio.

NHL Playoffs

Nashville is up 3-1 in its second-round Stanley Cup series after a 2-1 win over St. Louis.  Game 5 is Friday in St. Louis.

The New York Rangers got a 4-1 win over the Senators.  Mats Zuccarello had a goal and an assist.  Ottawa leads the series 2-1.

The Penguins lead the Capitals 2-1 and host game 4 on Wednesday.  Penguins' star Sidney Crosby won’t play due to a concussion and is now considered day-to-day.

The Anaheim Ducks trail Edmonton 2-1 Game four is in Edmonton tonight.

Lions Keep Ebron

The Detroit Lions will keep tight end Eric Ebron under contract through the 2018 season. The Lions exercised their option to pick up the fifth year of his contract yesterday.

Tigers

The Tigers beat the Indians 5-2.  With a strong outing from Justin Verlander and a home run from Cabrera on his first day back, the Tigers won their second straight over their division rivals.   The Indians would score first on a bases loaded, wild pitch in the 1st inning. But the Tigers countered with an RBI double by Andrew Romine.  Cabrera hit a 2-run homer  in the 3rd, in an inning where the Tigers would send seven to the plate, and score three.  In 7 innings of work, Verlander would give up 2 runs, on 2 hits, with 4 walks and 5 strikeouts.   Alex Avila had a strong night, once again, going 2 for 4.  Tiger reliever Francisco Rodriguez got into trouble with two out in the 9th.  He gave up a double and a walk but a pop up ended the game, 5-2. The Tigers improve to 14-12 and have now won the last three.  Matt Boyd gets the start for the Tigers tonight in game 3 of the series with the Indians.   Catch the action at 6:45pm on 95.3 WBCK.

KCC Baseball

The KCC Baseball team is 19-1 and 30-12-2 overall and have an opportunity to clinch the Conference Championship with a win Friday at Home. 1:00pm start in Brown Stadium.