DETROIT -- Red Wings coach Mike Babcock announced after Friday's morning skate that there would be no lineup changes for Game 4.
He thought long and hard about inserting veteran Mike Modano, but decided for the status quo from Game 3. It's not an easy decision to keep a future Hall of Famer like Modano out when you know just how much he wants in.
"That's the hard, hard thing," Babcock said. "I've had Steve Yzerman here. I've had Brendan Shanahan. I've had Dominik Hasek. Dom at the end. I had Cheli [Chris Chelios] at the end. These are great people. First-ballot Hall of Famers. It's a privilege to be around them and talk to them.
"Mike is a guy who's ... I mean, I recruited him hard. Our plan for Mike Modano and what ended up happening, that's just the way it goes. If you go back to last summer at this time, we thought he was really going to be able to help our team. We didn't plan on the skate hitting his wrist and the way things went. So does that make you think any less of the guy? Absolutely not. Is this what he wanted or we wanted? No. Does it make it hard? Yes.
"I actually read, I did, I read your article [he pointed to yours truly] today. It makes you think for a second, whoof, you want to do the right thing. We're going to try and do the right thing every day. I tell my kids that every day and I expect to do the same thing when I come to work."
"Well, he's playing tonight, so let's go," Babcock said. "The great thing about The Mule is he doesn't need a whole lot of chances or a whole lot of room. It's harder for him to create room for himself, no question about it, just because he's not skating like he normally does. ... He passed the puck last game, it came right back to him, he just missed the net. It's just one of those things and it's a fine line in these games; as you can tell, it's one goal here and there."
Why not Detroit?
The motto in the Red Wings' dressing room is that if Philadelphia could do it last year, why not them?
The Flyers rallied from a 3-0 deficit against the Bruins and won the series. Philly faces a similar situation in this season's second round.
"The mindset is: Win one game. Take it to San Jose and go from there," veteran Kris Draper said Friday morning. "We're living game by game. That's how it is. We know it. It hasn't been done a lot, but it's not impossible. It has been done. ... [Chicago] forced a Game 7. Are we capable of it? Yeah. Why not? Why not us?"
It's all about mind games at this point -- convincing yourself that it's doable.
"We've won four straight before and we have to do it again," said Henrik Zetterberg. "We've got to go out, play a solid home game and move on."
Sharks center Logan Couture got good news via text Thursday: His parents got their new passports and will be making the trip from nearby London, Ontario, for Game 4 on Friday night. They missed Game 3 because their Canadian passports had expired and they were still waiting for new ones.
"My dad was pretty fired up,'' Couture said Friday after the morning skate. "My parents, my brother and some of their friends will be here tonight."