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WCSF Game 6 Game Day
No Clowe or Franzen tonight
5/10/11 - By Mike Lee -

» Let the rumor mill start buzzing. The Sharks confirmed that forward Ryane Clowe did not make the trip to Detroit for Game 6. The team is citing "flu like symptoms" as the reason Clowe will miss tonight's game. The Sharks forward was on the receiving end of a big hit by Niklas Kronwall late in Game 5.

» Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told ESPN's Pierre Lebrun that the injury was not related to the Kronwall hit. Given the secrecy associated with NHL playoff hockey, it probably had everything to do with the hit…or nothing to do with it. Let's the games begin!

» Clowe's absence is just another distraction that the sharks don't need right now. Coming on the heels of Jeremy Roenick's comments about Patrick Marleau, the Sharks find themselves circling the wagons after coming off two-straight losses to Detroit.

» Speaking of Roenick, he backed off a bit on Tuesday night, saying that he may have used the wrongs words to describe his feelings on Marleau's performance, but he stands by the theme.

» The Red Wings will be without the services of Johan Franzen, who is nursing a bum ankle. The Detroit forward was in obvious discomfort in Game 5, and missed most of the 3rd period. Mike Modano will make his series debut.

» Red Wings Head coach Mike Babcock suggested that Modano would skate along side Pavel Datsyuk.

» Babcock also suggested that other roster changes are possible for Game 6.

» Game 5 was a ratings hit. The San Fran/San Jose/Oakland market received a 4.77 HH rating and was the market's highest local rating ever for an NHL game on VERSUS. The game was up 19% from the Sharks' 2010 Semi Final exclusive two-game average in the market on VERSUS (4.02, also against Detroit) and +92% from Game 4 of the series on VERSUS this year (2.49). VERSUS was the #1 rated network overall in the Bay Area during the game.

» CSN's Brodie Brazil reported that both Benn Ferriero and Ben Eager wore sweaters suggesting they would be playing on the top two lines in pactice.



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