SAN JOSE, Calif.
-- The Sharks are getting back one of their key offensive contributors. The Detroit Red Wings
are going to be without one of theirs.
Sharks forward Ryane Clowe
, who missed Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals with an upper-body injury, is back in the lineup for Thursday night's Game 7 at HP Pavilion. However, Red Wings forward Johan Franzen
will miss his second consecutive game with an ankle injury despite taking part in Thursday morning's practice.
Clowe leads the Sharks with 13 points in the playoffs. He was the victim of a massive hit by Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall
during Game 5, but Sharks coach Todd McLellan
said that hit wasn't the cause of Clowe's injury.
is a healthy scratch.
While Franzen won't return, Kris Draper
is back in the lineup after sitting Game 6 as a healthy scratch. Draper also sat Games 1 and 2 of the series before entering the lineup For Games 3, 4 and 5. Draper has just one assist in seven postseason games.
Draper will take the spot of Mike Modano
, who made his first and only appearance of the series in Game 6.
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