Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom stretches during practice earlier this week. ((Paul Sancya/The Associated Press))

Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom was not on the ice Saturday night for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final in Pittsburgh.

Holmstrom has been bothered by a sore hamstring after being upended over the skate of Penguins defenceman Hal Gill in Game 3 of the final on Wednesday, won by Pittsburgh.

Holmstrom has four goals and eight assists in 19 games in the playoffs and has pestered opposing goaltenders with his presence in the crease.

He has 36 goals and 38 assists in 127 career playoff games, having been a key contributor in Detroit's Stanley Cup wins in 1998 and 2002.

With the injury, Daniel Cleary was expected to take a spot on the top line with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk. Darren McCarty was re-inserted into the lineup, having played in the series opener on May 24.

Detroit leads the best-of-seven series 2-1.