Mike Modano Scratched For Red Wings Game 1 Vs. Coyotes

Last week, Mike Modano talked about how this will likely be his final season. In particular, he said that if the Red Wings were to make the Stanley Cup Final this season, he'd likely call it quits. He called it his last chance.

It appears as though this playoff run isn't starting with much of a chance at all. Wings coach Mike Babcock announced on Wednesday morning that ahead of Game 1 of Detroit's first round series with the Phoenix Coyotes, Modano will be sitting out as a healthy scratch.

Via Craig Custance, Babcock called it a "tough decision" and said that "we brought him here for this." Modano was brought in for the experience he can provide at this time of year, but at least for the start of Detroit's 2011 run, Modano won't be providing much of anything besides high fives and applause. 

For more on the wings, check in with SB Nation's Winging It In Motown.

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