DETROIT — Kris Draper said after practice Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena that he’s playing in Game 3 Wednesday night against the San Jose Sharks.
However, Wings coach Mike Babcock said he has yet to make any decision on the lineup.
“I haven’t decided on any of the lineup changes,” Babcock said. “At playoff time you’re doing whatever you think as a coach is the right thing for your organization to win. That’s how simple it is.”
Draper practiced on a line with Patrick Eaves and Darren Helm. Drew Miller worked in with that line.
“I want our team to play hard,” Babcock said. “I want more out of our forwards. I want to spend more time in their offensive zone and sustain pressure. I think we can backcheck harder and be harder on 50-50 pucks all over. That’s a challenge to all our forwards. That doesn’t matter with who’s playing with who or who’s not playing with who.
“I haven’t decided who’s playing with who tomorrow as of yet and I haven’t decided who’s in either,” Babcock ended.
Draper did not play in Games 1 and 2 in San Jose.
“I am (excited),” Draper said. “This never gets old, this time of year, playing in the playoffs. During the regular season sometimes you get the dog days but this time of year, you love it.
“You love getting in your vehicle driving down to the Joe and realizing that it’s playoff hockey,” Draper added. “We’ve just got to win one game. We win Game 3, it’s 2-1, it’s a series. We know that, we believe that. We have to be more determined, more focused. The way we were today, you can kind of see guys have that attitude. I think it’s going to carry over to tomorrow night and guys are going to be ready to play and we have to respond and everybody knows that we have to be better.”
Mike Modano also appears to be the other healthy scratch.
Babock also broke up Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk in practice.
Zetterberg skated with Todd Bertuzzi and Danny Cleary, while Datsyuk was paired with Tomas Holmstrom and Johan Franzen. Valtteri Filppula, Justin Abdelkader and Jiri Hudler made up the third line.
Defenseman Brian Rafalski missed practice, but is expected to play.