–RW Johan Franzen returned after missing one game and about a week’s worth of practices with a sore left ankle. It appears the injury is still bothering him. He had no shots in 15:32 and was not much of a factor. He didn’t drive to the net or make things hard on the San Jose defense.

–LW Henrik Zetterberg made his playoff debut, after missing three weeks with a sprained left knee. He worked well at times with Pavel Datsyuk, but Zetterberg was showing some ill effects from his injury and the layoff. He was not skating as well as he normally does,

–G Jimmy Howard turned in perhaps his best playoff performance in his two-year NHL career, making 44 saves to give his team a chance to win. He was particularly strong in the second period, when the Sharks had an 18-9 edge in shots and seemed to spend large chunks of time peppering the Detroit net. Howard’s rebound control was good.


–G Chris Osgood (surgery on Jan. 11 for a sports hernia) is on long-term injured reserve. He has been practicing hard and believes he is close to being ready to serve as the back-up.


–Jimmy Howard

–Joey MacDonald


–Nicklas Lidstrom, Brad Stuart

–Jonathan Ericsson, Brian Rafalski

–Niklas Kronwall, Ruslan Salei


–LW Henrik Zetterberg, C Pavel Datsyuk, RW Tomas Holmstrom


–LW Jiri Hudler, C Valtteri Filppula, RW Johan Franzen


–LW Dan Cleary, C Justin Abdelkader, RW Todd Bertuzzi


–LW Drew Miller, C Darren Helm, RW Patrick Eaves

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Comments (2)
  1. Ken Long says:

    wings are toast; sharks in 5; wings win 1 for pride

  2. Jim Bratton says:

    Wings are done. San Jose in five. Wings don’t want it bad enough. Not enough quality shots, no traffic in front of the net. Put Drapes back in, he’s sparked us before (remember St. Louis); take out abdelkator. Only Howard and Datsyuk are working hard enough to win. I think Lidstrom will go home after this year regardless if Wings win, or lose.

    Jim, Sebewaing, MI

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