The Wings are getting prepared for a third elimination game in their series with the Sharks and we now know that where will be changes to each teams lineups. Johan Franzen, hampered by a bum ankle will be forced to sit out Tuesday’s game 6, meaning Mike Modano will play in just his second game this postseason. Modano saw action in game 4 against the Coyotes in the first round where he registered an assist. San Jose will be without Ryan Clowe who leads the Sharks in points for the playoffs with 13. Clowe is suffering from an upper body injury but Sharks head coach Todd McClellan claims the injury has nothing to do with the hit Nick Kronwall laid on his forward in game five.
Other things overheard at the morning skate…
-Nick Kronwall expects tonight’s crowd to be “off the hook” in his words.
-Nick Lidstrom claims the team is trying to stay loose and focused at the same time. He relishes the fact that the Wings are playing in another elimination game where it will be do or die.
-Mike Babcock assured the media that Pavel Datsyuk is not injured and is playing great hockey.
-Mike Modano is ready to take face-offs if Datsyuk is unable to because of his wrist. No word on who Modano will play with but he will take the warm up with Datsyuk and Thomas Holmstrom.
-Modano when asked about his success against the Sharks in the playoffs in his career, he responded “(Evgeni) Nabokov is not there anymore and I kind of enjoyed playing against him.”
-Kronwall knows that Detroit can’t play like they did in game 5 if they want a chance to win game 6.
Watch the Kronwall, Modano and Babcock videos below as the team gets ready for game 6.