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Datsyuk has been sidelined the last two games with an injured foot. ((Mark Humphrey/Canadian Press))

The Detroit Red Wings will wait until game day to decide whether Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk will play in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Wings' captain and star centreman were held out of practice on Tuesday, though coach Mike Babcock says they're both improving. 

Lidstrom missed Game 4 with an undisclosed lower-body injury, the first playoff game he has missed in his 17-year career. Datsyuk has been sidelined the past two games with an injured foot.

Game 5 on Wednesday will see Detroit try to close out the series at home.

Even though the Wings took a 3-1 lead with a resounding 6-1 victory in Game 4 without Lidstrom and Datsyuk, Babcock says they'll play on Wednesday if they're ready.

Lidstrom has played 228 post-season games since joining the Red Wings in the 1991-92 season.

Babcock announced Monday that Kris Draper won't play when the series resumes in Detroit.

Draper missed the first 10 games of the playoffs because of an upper body injury. He said he pulled his groin while skating in the third period of Game 3.

Detroit's starting goaltender Chris Osgood, who left after the second period of Game 4, is expected to be ready to go on Wednesday.

Osgood said he was cramping up during the game and was given fluids by IV. He also said he would have stayed in net had the game been closer, but the Wings were up 5-1 at that point.