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by George Malik on 05/08/11 at 08:02 PM ET
The Red Wings will be making a roster move ahead of tonight’s game against the San Jose Sharks, but the Free Press’s Helene St. James reports that it’s not Pavel Datsyuk or Johan Franzen who will be sitting out—instead, it’s Jiri Hudler:
The Red Wings are making a lineup change as they seek to avoid being eliminated by the Sharks in Game 5 tonight, inserting Drew Miller into the lineup and pulling Jiri Hudler.
Both Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen are ailing but expected to play. Franzen has struggled all series, nearly immobilized by a sprained ankle suffered in Game 2 of the first round. Datsyuk is dealing with a sore wrist, which forced him to miss Saturday’s practice, the Free Press has learned.
Miller, 27, is a speedy role player capable of contributing with a goal, as he did in Game 3 of the first round. He played the first two games of the San Jose series, but was then pulled from the lineup. Hudler has no points against the Sharks, and was a defensive liability in Game 4, when his failure to check Dan Boyle led to Boyle scoring.
Update: the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan is a bit confused:
Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen will apparently play, as expected. One change could be Drew Miller being inserted for Jiri Hudler.
It really shows how far Mike Modano has fallen in the depth chart if that is the case.
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