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Up-to-the minute updates and insights from the Red Wings locker room at home and on the road. By Chuck Pleiness of The Macomb Daily.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Chelios will play in Winter Classic

Coach Mike Babcock just confirmed what Chris Chelios said after the morning skate ... the 46-year-old Chicago native will be in the lineup tomorrow at Wrigley Field.

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.


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