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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.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Rafalski out

Defenseman Brian Rafalski will not play in tonight's Game 1 of the second-round playoff series against Anaheim. Rafalski's injury is listed as day-to-day. Chris Chelios will play.

So, the defense pairings tonight will be ...

Lidstrom-Ericsson
Kronwall-Stuart
Lebda-Chelios

On the power play, the Wings will use more of a three-man rotation on the blue line with Lidstrom, Kronwall and Samuelsson. Stuart and Ericsson will also be used to a limited extent.

Derek Meech will be a healthy scratch.

The forward lines will be ...

Holmstrom-Datsyuk-Hossa
Franzen-Zetterberg-Cleary
Hudler-Filppula-Samuelsson
Kopecky-Helm-Maltby

Andreas Lilja skated for a second straight day today. He cannot take part in contact drills and still needs for his headaches to go away before he's cleared to play. Lilja is practicing to work on conditioning.

Dan Cleary didn't skate this morning and obviously is feeling some lingering injury from the practice hit he took before Game 1 of Round 1. But Cleary will be in the lineup tonight and likely will be until Kris Draper is ready to play. Draper skated again today, but won't play during the first two games of this series.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Mike said...

May Fool's?

Ugh I don't like this one bit.

May 1, 2009 at 11:49 AM 
Anonymous Steve said...

"But Cleary will be in the lineup tonight and likely will be until Kris Draper is ready to play"

I'm I reading this right? Cleary comes out when Draper is healthy?

May 1, 2009 at 6:08 PM 
Blogger Bruce MacLeod said...

Steve, that was very very bad wording on my part. What I was trying to say was Cleary has to be dead to come out of the lineup now. If he's one step from dead when Draper returns, Cleary might sit. But if Cleary can play at any moderate level, he'll be in the lineup when Draper returns and someone else will sit.

May 1, 2009 at 6:29 PM 

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