Chelios will play in Winter Classic
Now this creates a lineup dilemma. Nicklas Lidstrom (ankle) said after the skate that he feels good enough to play. So did Mikael Samuelsson (flu).
Babcock wouldn't say who was out of the lineup -- you can assume that Derek Meech won't play -- but he did reveal this ... if Lidstrom plays, the Wings will go with 11 forwards and seven defensemen. That means that it will be a regular forward, not a blue-liner, who's the man out to make room for Chelios.
It could be Samuelsson with the flu as an convenient reason. It could be one of the fourth-liners like Tomas Kopecky or Kirk Maltby.