Draper Could Return to Wings Lineup for Game Three

It looks as though Kris Draper will return to the Detroit lineup tonight as the Red Wings visit the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Three of their Stanley Cup Finals matchup. He replaces Mikael Samuelsson, who is reported to be ill.

Draper skated on Detroit's third line in practice Tuesday, alongside Darren Helm and Dan Cleary. Jiri Hudler moved up to Henrik Zetterberg's line to take the spot Cleary had been holding down.

Should Samuelsson be able to play, Draper would remain out.

Pavel Datsyuk will not rejoin the Red Wings tonight but coach Mike Babcock was hopeful Datsyuk would be available for Game Four.

The Penguins are in a virtual must-win scenario as a loss would put the Wings just one win from claiming their second Stanley Cup in a row.

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The Penguins are IN A MUST-WIN... there is not a shot in hell if they lose tonight, although I love my Penguins I put there chances of beating Detroit 4 of 5 at about 5%. I just hope that the Penguins learn from this experience, especially the GM Shero. He has the components to build a cup dynasty, he just has to learn to build around them better through the draft and cheaper free-agents, like it is done in Detroit.

Posted by burke6687 on 6/2/2009 at 4:33 PM

 

MacLeod says that Samuelsson is in the pre-game soccer kickaround and is predicting that he will be in the lineup tonight with Draper kept out.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/2/2009 at 6:34 PM

 

He has the components to build a cup dynasty, he just has to learn to build around them better through the draft and cheaper free-agents, like it is done in Detroit.


I would argue that Shero's got a tougher job with Crosby and Malkin taking up a combined 17.4M cap hit. Detroit, on the other hand, gets Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Franzen for that much.And if they're making that much money, they have to improve defensively. Someone's going to have to do to Crosby what Ken Hitchcock did to Rick Nash in Columbus and make him be able to play on the PK. Every penalty the Penguins take hits them twice because the player goes off and Crosby goes off.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/2/2009 at 7:08 PM

 

When Datsyuk is healthy again who do you think would be ousted? :c I'm just curious, Helm and Abdelkader and doing such a great job. Especially with Draper good to go, as well.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 6/2/2009 at 7:32 PM

 

Leino will be the odd-man out when Datsyuk returns.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/2/2009 at 7:44 PM

 

Leino will be the odd-man out when Datsyuk returns.


That sucks cause he's done well, too. ):I hope the Wings can get another win in Pittsburgh, or at least play their best.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 6/2/2009 at 8:03 PM

 

This is where the series gets interesting. If the Wings don't at least split in Pittsburgh, they've wasted their two-game lead.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/2/2009 at 8:13 PM

 

Wings have gotta survive the first 10 minutes. Carrying them would be fantastic.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/2/2009 at 8:16 PM

 

Wooooow, that was a wide-open net for Pittsburgh. Thank god the pass didn't make it.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 6/2/2009 at 8:18 PM

 

So much for surviving. That puck should have been cleared. What a mess.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/2/2009 at 8:24 PM

 

That sucks. I was just going to say things looked a little sloppy, too. ):

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 6/2/2009 at 8:24 PM

 

What a f*ck up.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 6/2/2009 at 8:25 PM

 

Yeah Zata! Tied back up!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/2/2009 at 8:26 PM

 

And Zetterberg makes it up! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Good sign.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 6/2/2009 at 8:26 PM

 

Phew.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 6/2/2009 at 8:28 PM

 

thank u Hank

Posted by bigred4478 on 6/2/2009 at 8:28 PM

 

Wow! That made the Igloo silent!

Posted by SYfanSD on 6/2/2009 at 8:28 PM

 

PPG too much to ask for?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/2/2009 at 8:33 PM

 


He has the components to build a cup dynasty, he just has to learn to build around them better through the draft and cheaper free-agents, like it is done in Detroit.


I would argue that Shero's got a tougher job with Crosby and Malkin taking up a combined 17.4M cap hit. Detroit, on the other hand, gets Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Franzen for that much.And if they're making that much money, they have to improve defensively. Someone's going to have to do to Crosby what Ken Hitchcock did to Rick Nash in Columbus and make him be able to play on the PK. Every penalty the Penguins take hits them twice because the player goes off and Crosby goes off.

In other words... What we do with our star players.

Posted by SYfanSD on 6/2/2009 at 8:34 PM

 

big PP here LET"S GO!!!

Posted by bigred4478 on 6/2/2009 at 8:34 PM

 

Johan Mother f*cking Franzen!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/2/2009 at 8:36 PM

 

Looking good <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" /> Frannnnnnzen!

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 6/2/2009 at 8:36 PM

 

Franzen yet again.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 6/2/2009 at 8:37 PM

 

Yeah BABY!!!!! J.M.F Bitches! (Copyright Clark Rasmussen)

Posted by SYfanSD on 6/2/2009 at 8:38 PM

 

great job the way they started kinda scared me great recovery

Posted by bigred4478 on 6/2/2009 at 8:38 PM

 

Penguins fans want to say they don't get any breaks? <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/2/2009 at 8:39 PM

 

Penguins fans want to say they don't get any breaks? <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />


lol yeah you know?? that might be the longest i have seen to many men with no call

Posted by bigred4478 on 6/2/2009 at 8:40 PM

 

Of course<now they can see!

Posted by Mooseknuckle on 6/2/2009 at 8:44 PM

 

I would have been amazed if they didn't call that hold. PK better hold up.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/2/2009 at 8:44 PM

 

I wonder if on this powerplay the Pens go with 7 skaters? How about 8? Oh, what the hell, they might as well put their whole bench out there, including 2 goalies, seeing as how they can get away with it

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 6/2/2009 at 8:46 PM

 

Big stop by Ozzie off the Lidstrom giveaway.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/2/2009 at 8:47 PM

 

OH MYYYY! OZZY

Posted by Mooseknuckle on 6/2/2009 at 8:47 PM

 

They tied it up again? Craaaap.

I still feel ok about tonight's game, though.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 6/2/2009 at 8:47 PM

 

Knew that would happen as soon as Franzen went down. Damn.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/2/2009 at 8:47 PM

 

His first softy

Posted by Mooseknuckle on 6/2/2009 at 8:48 PM

 

Aargh.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 6/2/2009 at 8:49 PM

 

You know... There is always one sure bet you can make against the Wings, the other team WILL score on the Power Play. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 6/2/2009 at 8:51 PM

 

did someone shoot him?

Posted by Mooseknuckle on 6/2/2009 at 8:51 PM

 

All that "subtle interference" Olczyk keeps bitching about? What about when the Pens hold people up on the way into their zone?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/2/2009 at 8:51 PM

 

Disappointing period given that the Wings had a lead but if you had told me at the start of the game that the Penguins would score first but it would be tied after 20 minutes I'd have been happy with that.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/2/2009 at 8:55 PM

 

Disappointing period given that the Wings had a lead but if you had told me at the start of the game that the Penguins would score first but it would be tied after 20 minutes I'd have been happy with that.


As predicted, the penalty calling would be inconsistant.

Posted by SYfanSD on 6/2/2009 at 8:59 PM

 

At least they finally started to play some Offense

Posted by Mooseknuckle on 6/2/2009 at 9:00 PM

 


Disappointing period given that the Wings had a lead but if you had told me at the start of the game that the Penguins would score first but it would be tied after 20 minutes I'd have been happy with that.


As predicted, the penalty calling would be inconsistant.

They are at least consistantly inconsistant!?@#

Posted by Mooseknuckle on 6/2/2009 at 9:02 PM

 

Fleury sucks, if it weren't for the posts... <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/2/2009 at 9:16 PM

 

Some good chances there. Which is another good sign <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 6/2/2009 at 9:16 PM

 

Stupid icing. He had room to skate it out.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/2/2009 at 9:22 PM

 

Close call on Helm. That's freaky.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/2/2009 at 9:33 PM

 

Big power play here. Goal would be huge.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/2/2009 at 9:39 PM

 

that hit in the corner could of been ugly to on Helm

Posted by bigred4478 on 6/2/2009 at 9:39 PM

 

Power play spent too long looking for the pass early on. Sammy was the only one shooting.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/2/2009 at 9:44 PM

 

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