The Red Wings lost a pair of forwards to injuries in their Game 7 loss to the Sharks on Thursday. Todd Bertuzzi left in the first period with an undisclosed upper body injury. Danny Cleary, meanwhile, was knocked out in the second period when his head appeared to hit the ice hard after a collision with teammate Jiri Hudler. The team said he had an upper body injury. Neither player returned. Detroit was already without one of its top forwards as Johan Franzen was scratched for the second straight game with an ankle injury. With Franzen out, Kris Draper returned to the lineup in place of Mike Modano. Draper didn't play in Game 6, but has an assist in seven playoff games this season. Modano has only played in two playoff game this season, including the Game 6 victory. In that game, the veteran center had three shots in nine minutes. So, at what point does a coach decide to sit a player of Franzen's? Before the game, Wings coach Mike Babcock talked about what would determine Franzen's availability. "Can he go, can he compete in a one-on-one battle, can he get the puck out, can he get the puck in, can he get going (skating)?" Babcock said.
Danny Cleary, Todd Bertuzzi leave with injuries
Detroit News | May 13