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Modano returns to Wings' lineup

Tuesday, 05.10.2011 / 11:58 AM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - DetroitRedWings.com
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Modano returns to Wings\' lineup
DETROIT – This is why Mike Modano came home to Hockeytown.

The veteran center will in the Red Wings’ lineup tonight, replacing Johan Franzen (ankle), in a critical Game 6 against the San Jose Sharks at Joe Louis Arena.

Modano, who enjoyed a decorated 20-season NHL career with the Dallas Stars’ organization, signed a one-year contract last summer for another shot at a Stanley Cup. The seven-time All-Star helped the Stars win the Cup in 1999.

He is expected to skate on a line with Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom – the same combination the he was matched with in his only other playoff appearance this spring.

“The game in Phoenix went pretty well, so you just kind of wait and see,” said Modano, of his situation. “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.”

Franzen, who was injured in Game 2 against Phoenix, labored through the first five games in this series. He skated for nine-minutes in Game 5, and doesn’t have a single point against the Sharks.
 
“This time of the year, for the Mule to do what he did, is pretty honorable,” Modano said. “Everybody tries to suck it up for your teammates and to win and to eventually move on series to series. He did what he could, he’s played hard, but I’m just excited to get an opportunity and hope to make the most of it.”

Besides his potential offensive production, Modano’s presence will be useful in the face-off circle, especially if Datsyuk can’t manage to take draws. The Wings’ top face-off men in the playoffs – with a 55.4 winning percentage – Datsyuk hasn’t taken a draw since late in the third period of Game 4.

“We’ll try to share the load,” Modano said. “I think it’s just wait and see how (Datsyuk) feels the first couple he takes, and then try to slide in.
“It’s been a while since I’ve taken them, but the way our wingers compete and help out, that’s a big advantage for us.”
 
In 16 playoff seasons, Modano has averaged nearly a point a game with 58 goals and 88 assists in 175 games.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80