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It’s Hudler, not Datsyuk or Franzen, who’s sitting for the Red Wings

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.

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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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SK77's avatar

Highlight of the day (sorry, mom).

Posted by SK77 on 05/08/11 at 08:08 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/08/11 at 08:10 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Goddammit, what a *#$%@& joke.  Hudler has not been the problem, and Babcock’s “prejudices” strike again.

Whatever.  If the Wings win, I don’t care who sits.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 05/08/11 at 08:13 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

... and before anyone jumps on me and says, “HERP DERP, calm down dude, you’re taking this too personally… Hudler suxzlolol,” just because he doesn’t have any points in the series doesn’t mean he hasn’t been playing well.

He made ONE mistake letting Boyle score, and he’s out.

Horseshit.  Whatever, everyone looks for the negatives in certain people, and Hudler is one of them.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 05/08/11 at 08:16 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Posted by RedMenace from the Hasek on 05/08/11 at 07:16 PM ET

Been drinking since the puck dropped Game 1 and haven’t stopped since, eh?

If I’m on the Sharks seeing Hudler out there against my line is a frickin’ dream come true. At least with Miller there’s some grit and pressure.

Posted by SK77 on 05/08/11 at 08:18 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Modano snubbed again.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 05/08/11 at 08:18 PM ET

elphantasmo5000's avatar

yes, lets play miller, a non goal scorer who doesnt check hard or know how to make any kind of pass over a guy(MODANO) whos scored more goals than miller could dream of, make amazing passes, and skate faster than miller can do too

Posted by elphantasmo5000 on 05/08/11 at 08:21 PM ET

Michiru Kaioh's avatar

Hudler played well in game one, but his size and lack of speed make him easy pickings for the Sharks. He hasn’t provided any offense and is a defensive liability…I like the move, but I’d rather see Modano in place of Miller. It’s mind-boggling that he’s sitting the bench with his size, speed, skillset, and history against San Jose.

Posted by Michiru Kaioh on 05/08/11 at 08:21 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

If I’m on the Sharks seeing Hudler out there against my line is a frickin’ dream come true. At least with Miller there’s some grit and pressure.

Posted by some kid on 05/08/11 at 07:18 PM ET

What has Hudler done wrong other than letting Dan Boyle get by him on ONE goal?  What has Franzen done better than him this series?  What has Modano done this year in the games he’s played?  Doesn’t matter what he’s done in the past…

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 05/08/11 at 08:22 PM ET

elphantasmo5000's avatar

modano in the play offs this year has one point in one game…id call that good…so we play miller who contributes less than hudler and modano combined

Posted by elphantasmo5000 on 05/08/11 at 08:25 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

In fact, what has Abdelkader done except suck a fat one this series?

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 05/08/11 at 08:25 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Frankly, I don’t care that Modano is sitting, and I’m indifferent about Hudler in this series. Miller in is fine by me. Miller brings puck pursuit and generally smart play. Probably going to need him for the PK too.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 05/08/11 at 08:27 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Geez, people!  Usually after Miller sits, he scores.  Let’s hope that happens tonight.

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 05/08/11 at 08:52 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

LET’S GO RED WINGS…. BELIEVE ..BELIEVE.!!!!

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 05/08/11 at 09:02 PM ET

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It’s mind-boggling that he’s sitting the bench with his size, speed, skillset, and history against San Jose.

It’s not size, speed, skills or history, it’s heart.  Or lack thereof.

Why would you play a guy who, as everyone else was gearing up for the playoffs, is talking about retirement?

And those complaining about Miller being on over Hudler, Hudler’s has 3 points in 8 games and Miller has 2 points in 6, playing on the fourth line.  Not to mention that he is far superior to Hudler defensively.  How is Miller any kind of step down from Hudler?

Posted by Garth on 05/08/11 at 09:21 PM ET

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Why play Franzen? The dude is frickin hurt. I don’t care if he says he can go, just look at the tape from the last few games. And now he is pretty much done for the night. Stupid. Coaching. Mistake.

Posted by Stuck in the Soo on 05/08/11 at 10:46 PM ET

Michiru Kaioh's avatar

It’s not size, speed, skills or history, it’s heart.  Or lack thereof.

Why would you play a guy who, as everyone else was gearing up for the playoffs, is talking about retirement?


Yeah, Mo sure looked terrible in game 4 of the Phoenix series when he was in the lineup. Oh wait; he played great, and even Babs couldn’t find anything negative to say about his play.

Posted by Michiru Kaioh on 05/08/11 at 10:47 PM ET

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