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Franzen, Clowe ruled out for tonight's Game 6

Posted on: May 10, 2011 1:07 pm
Edited on: May 10, 2011 2:41 pm
Both the San Jose Sharks and Detroit Red Wings will be without their top grinders for tonight’s Game 6. 

San Jose’s Ryane Clowe and Detroit’s Johan Franzen have both been ruled out. Clowe didn’t make the trip to Detroit due an upper-body injury (or flu-like symptoms, according to one report). Franzen, who has been hobbled by an ankle injury for weeks, will sit in place of Mike Modano

Franzen missed a good portion of the second period and all of the third in Game 5, so his departure wasn’t unexpected. But Clowe, the Sharks’ top scorer this postseason with 13 points (four goals and nine assists), was an unforeseen blow for San Jose, who held a 3-0 series lead before Detroit’s consecutive victories extended the series. 

“It puts a little more pressure on other players,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. “We’re taking the approach that the players who are dressed and involved in the game are more important than the ones that aren’t. You make sure you show up and you compete. You fill the hole. He’s obviously an important guy to our hockey club.”

CSN Bay Area and contributor Ray Ratto reports that Clowe is suffering from flu-like symptoms. McLellan described it as an upper-body injury, which could fit such a diagnosis.

McLellan said Clowe’s injury wasn’t the result of this crushing hit he absorbed in the second period of Game 5:

“It had nothing to do with the hit (Niklas) Kronwall laid on him,” McLellan said. “He finished the game. With this injury, I think he’ll be able to play as we move forward.”

Modano isn’t the annoying presence that Franzen is in front of the net, but he does have experience. This is his 20th season in the NHL and he’s been eager to re-enter the lineup after playing in Game 2 of the first-round series against the Phoenix Coyotes

“The game in Phoenix went pretty well, so you just kind of wait and see,” Modano said (via the team’s website). “You do your part to kind of be prepared the best you can, but until you get out there tonight and get those first couple shifts in, hopefully you can relax after that.”

Modano is expected to play on a line with Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom. Since Modano is a center, expect him to take the majority (if not all the draws) for Datsyuk, whose injured hand kept him out of the faceoff circle entirely in Game 5. 

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Posted on: December 16, 2011 3:04 pm
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Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: May 10, 2011 6:18 pm

Franzen, Clowe ruled out for tonight's Game 6

Clowe is scared Kronwall is gonna lay him out again.

Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: May 10, 2011 5:15 pm

Franzen, Clowe ruled out for tonight's Game 6

San Jose will be tight tonight, knowing they don't want to play a game 7.  I expect the Red Wings to play lose and aggressive and bring it back to San Jose for an anything can happen 7th game.  This series has been so tight though, that anything can happen. A bad bounce here or there has been the difference in the series.  Great hockey though, best series by far!

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: May 10, 2011 3:31 pm
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Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: May 10, 2011 3:21 pm

Franzen, Clowe ruled out for tonight's Game 6

They should be playing the sound of a train whistleling at the "Joe" every time Kronwal lays someone out. Best part of ALL his hits, they are clean. Classic case of keep your head down disease. Kronwall is the remedy and reminder of what every hockey player was told since they put skates on.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2011 2:22 pm

Franzen, Clowe ruled out for tonight's Game 6

Interesting couldnt have anything to do with wanting a piece of Kronwall, then getting smashed by him. Clowe is a piece of crap. Mr. im going to send a message. Ha Ha!!

Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: May 10, 2011 1:50 pm

Franzen, Clowe ruled out for tonight's Game 6

Glad to hear Modano will be in the lineup. Absolutely surprised that Clowe is a scratch. That's a definite blow. He was playing some fine hockey. Hope the Wings take advantage.

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