ROMULUS — If Johan Franzen (ankle) is unable to play in Game 6 Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena, Mike Modano will be inserted into the lineup according to Wings coach Mike Babcock.
When asked after the Wings arrived back in Detroit Monday afternoon about Franzen’s status for Game 6 Babcock said, “I don’t know. I’m not going to worry about that much. We’ll see what happens. If he’s not ready to go, we’ll put Modano in.”
Franzen has been bothered by an ankle injury he suffered in Game 2 of the Wings’ opening round series with the Phoenix Coyotes. He didn’t play at all in the third period Sunday night in San Jose.
Modano has been in a healthy scratch in all but one game this postseason. He replaced Franzen in the lineup in Game 4 against the Coyotes and recorded an assist.
“We have the players who can come in and play good hockey,” Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg said. “We have a lot of good depth.”
Franzen has no points in the series with the Sharks.
“If (Mule can’t play), Mo’s got a lot of experience,” Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom said. “When he had a chance to play in Phoenix, I thought he played real well. He had a lot of jump, he used his speed and if he’s in, that’s what we expect from him, too.”