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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.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Draper out; Pavel a maybe

Coach Mike Babcock just said that Kris Draper (groin) is definitely out for tomorrow's Game 4. Justin Abdelkader will dress in his place, centering the fourth line with Kirk Maltby and Ville Leino. Abdelkader played in the Anaheim series before being a healthy scratch in Game 3 in Chicago.

Babcock also said that Pavel Datsyuk's status will be decided tomorrow. Datsyuk injured his foot blocking a shot in Game 2 and missed Game 3. The Red Wings practiced today, however, as though they're not expecting Datsyuk to return. Valtteri Filppula centered Datsyuk's line.

Plus Babcock said that Abdelkader is in the lineup and will play his natural position, center. If he was planning on having Datsyuk, Abdelkader wouldn't be playing center tomorrow.


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