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Red Wings recall Joakim Andersson to save their season, and launch them into the playoffs

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Leon Halip-USA TODAY Sports

DETROIT, MICH -- The Red Wings have recalled Joakim Andersson from Grand Rapids in hopes that he will launch them into NHL Playoff glory:

I don't get it. If Justin Abdelkader is unable to play tomorrow, then you would think that Anthony Mantha would draw into the lineup. I'll say this much, if the Red Wings play Andersson over Mantha, there are going to be a whole lot of questions in regards to their motives and strategy.

Andersson has five points in 19 games with the Griffins this season. It's safe to say that this is a questionable call.

It appears the team is more worried about killing penalties than playing well at even strength. This should show you the state of the team right now.

More from the Red Wings PR:

The Detroit Red Wings today recalled center Joakim Andersson from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Andersson has split this season between the Red Wings and Griffins, picking up three points (1-2-3), a plus-one rating and six penalty minutes in 28 games for Detroit and adding five points (3-2-5), a plus-2 rating and two penalty minutes in 19 games for Grand Rapids. In 204 regular-season games with the Red Wings since the 2011-12 campaign, the 27-year-old forward had registered 36 points (15-21-36) and 48 penalty minutes, notching another seven points (2-5-7) in 22 career NHL postseason games. He has also skated in 208 career games for the Griffins since the 2008-09 season, tallying 106 points (41-65-106) and 123 penalty minutes. Andersson has also appeared in 20 postseason games for Grand Rapids, accumulating 11 points (4-7-11) and helping the team win the 2013 Calder Cup championship.