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Clowe in, Franzen out for Game 7

By Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

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Clowe in, Franzen out for Game 7
Sharks forward Ryane Clowe is back in the lineup for Thursday night's Game 7 at HP Pavilion. while Wings forward Johan Franzen remains out.
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.

Jamie McGinn 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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It was a different game in the past, that's for sure. It's not exactly what I was expecting but I think the experience paid off for a lot of our guys that realized what it takes in a Game 7. Realistically the effort we put forward, we might not even had to put 60 [minutes], but we just couldn't get a couple bounces to go our way and we just kept pushing.

— Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby on Washington's play in Game 7 vs. the Islanders