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DETROIT -- Mike Modano won't hide it. He wants in for Game 4.
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said Thursday he was still considering possible lineup changes, including whether or not to insert Modano, but would wait until Friday to decide.
"You'd love to be out there, there's no question," Modano said Thursday. "It's a situation where Mike is making that final decision. But I don't know anything about tomorrow until I come in here and see what's on the board. It hurts not being out there, it's tough to deal with. But you do what you can to say ready."
It has been a tough go for Modano, who has played in only one playoff game this year, Game 4 against Phoenix. The 40-year-old future Hall of Famer signed with Detroit last summer for one last shot at a Stanley Cup. GM Ken Holland had made him a heavy pitch, but a scary wrist injury derailed his season.
"The talks with Kenny and Mike over the summer really had me thinking that I could muster up something for one more year and come here and enjoy playing with these guys," said Modano. "The injury was a major setback. I think it just changed the whole scenario of the season around. It was a freak deal. I feel I got back to where I was before the injury, but at that time, these guys were pretty set in their ways as far as the lineup."
Does he regret playing another season?
"Your initial thought is a little regret because of what you went through," said Modano. "But nobody can ever predict what would happen, the severity of the injury and what took place. Maybe it was a sign I should have stayed away."
You gotta believe
When you're down 3-0 in a series, you cling to whatever you can.
"Chicago took Van right to the brink," Wings veteran Kris Draper said Thursday. "They put themselves in that situation where they very easily could have won. Why can't it be us? You saw what happened last year with the Boston and Philly series. It's not impossible."
We've told you a few times how well Kyle Wellwood has played since joining San Jose in midseason from Russia. Some numbers: Wellwood has been a plus or even player in 41 of the 44 games in which he's played with the Sharks (playoffs included). In those 44 games, he has 18 points (6-12-18) and is plus-17.
The final word
Babcock gets the line of the day award. When explaining how he tries to stay positive in these situations, the Wings coach quipped: "I just think I'm going to disarm the bomb. I've always thought that."
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