Sharks, Wings duke it out

Sharks goalie Antti Niemi comes out of the net during the first period as Red Wings forward Jiri...

Sharks goalie Antti Niemi comes out of the net during the first period as Red Wings forward Jiri Hudler is checked by defenceman Dan Boyle during Game 6. (REUTERS/Rebecca Cook)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:03 PM ET

SAN JOSE -- It all comes down to 60 minutes for the San Jose Sharks and Detroit Red Wings.

The talking is over.

Now, the Sharks and Wings will spend Thursday getting prepared for a dramatic Game 7 at the HP Pavilion to decide which team is going to board a flight for Vancouver to take on the Canucks in the Western Final Sunday.

"It's not the ideal way to get to Game 7, but we're here," said Sharks' winger Devin Setoguchi.

Given the fact they've blown a 3-0 lead in the series and all their past playoff failures, all the pressure is on the Sharks to get a victory here and move on. The Sharks aren't sure if they're going to have winger Ryane Clowe.

He missed Game 6 in Detroit with an upper body injury. He skated by himself for approximately 20 minutes Thursday morning and will be a game-time decision. He is expected to play with the season on the line.

What will decide Clowe plays?

"Ryane Clowe, the trainer and the impact he can have on the game, positively and negatively," McLellan said.

McLellan said they don't want to take any risks.

"First of all, it's important that we take care of the individual as far as health goes. We don't want to put him in a situation where we run that risk," said McLellan. "Secondly, obviously in Game 7 it's do or die and we've got to play for a win. How does his ability to play the game properly affect us positively or negatively? Then we go from there."

The Wings are going through the same process in their room with Johan Franzen. The Mule missed the last game with an ankle injury that has hampered him through the playoffs, but was on the ice and looking good during Detroit's morning skate.

"I don't know for sure. I'll talk to the trainers and we'll decide at game time what we're doing," said Detroit coach Mike Babcock. "Can he go? Can he compete on a 1-on-1 battle? Can he get the puck out? Can he get it in?

"Can he get going or not going? We tried something different with him. If that can help him then great, if not we've got lots of guys hungry to go."


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