Question marks are hanging over two key power forwards heading into Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinal series between the Detroit Red Wings
and San Jose Sharks
(9 p.m. ET, VERSUS, TSN, RDS).
Sharks forward Ryane Clowe
, who sat out Game 6 with an upper-body injury, took part in Thursday's morning skate, and has been ruled a game-time decision. He was on the ice for about 20 minutes, skating with assistant coach Jay Woodcroft.
"He's feeling pretty good," said Sharks coach Todd McLellan
. "It's important that we take care of the individual as far as heath goes. We don't want to put him in a situation where the run that risk (of aggravating the injury)."
Clowe's return would go a big way in helping the Sharks avoid making history as the fourth team ever to lose a 3-0 series lead. He leads the team in scoring with 13 points, and his 9 assists are third among all postseason players.
"He's one of our best players," Logan Couture
said of Clowe. "I'm happy that he was skating. I won't know and no one will know if he's playing until later today. We'll see what happens."
The same holds true for Red Wings forward Johan Franzen
, who hasn't played since leaving Game 5 in the third period with a lower-body injury.
Franzen also skated Thursday, and Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said his availability would be a game-time decision. Franzen has 2 goals in eight games.