DETROIT -- The brief benching of Gary Roberts is over. The veteran forward has been summoned to return to the Pittsburgh lineup for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final. He will take the place of winger Georges Laraque.
The hope for the Penguins is that Roberts will bring some energy, leadership and a physical presence to the lineup.
Roberts had missed the final games of the Eastern Conference final, suffering from pneumonia. He will play on a fourth line with Jarkko Ruutu and Adam Hall.
PANTHERS SAY NO TO LEAFS
The Florida Panthers have decided not to allow the Maple Leafs to talk to Joe Nieuwendyk about a front-office position, according to TSN. The Leafs will be able to approach Nieuwendyk July 1, when his contract with the Panthers expires.
FRANZEN BACK SOON
Johan Franzen continues to say he will play in the Stanley Cup final. He just doesn't know when.
Franzen, who has been out with mysterious concussion-like symptoms without having suffered a discernible concussion, will take the game day skate today with the Red Wings and will see a doctor immediately afterwards to determine whether he will play tonight in Game 2. It's possible Franzen will return tonight, but more likely he will be in the lineup for Game 3 in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
FLEURY NEEDS TO IMPROVE
Evgeni Malkin seems to be the target of most of the Pittsburgh heat after Game 1 of the final, but goalie Marc-Andre Fleury escaped rather unscathed. Fleury wasn't sharp on either of Detroit's first two goals. He should have stopped the first one, and should have controlled the puck prior to any shot on the second one.
GOLDEN OLDIES JUST WATCH
Here's an example of how strong the Red Wings are: Chris Chelios and Dominik Hasek, two slam-dunk, first-ballot Hall of Fame players, continue to be non-factors in the series. Chelios is unlikely to dress tonight while Hasek will continue to back up starting goaltender Chris Osgood.