Red Wings could be without Datsyuk, Lidstrom in Game 5
Detroit coach also confirms forward Kris Draper will be out due to groin injury
When the Detroit Red Wings blasted the Chicago Blackhawks 6-1 in Game 4 of the Western Conference final, it was an impressive showing.
What made it even more impressive was that they did so without their captain, Nicklas Lidstrom, star centreman Pavel Datsyuk, and in the last period, starting goalie Chris Osgood.
The team may be without a few of its stars yet again in Wednesday night's matchup.
On Monday, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said the status of Lidstrom and Datsyuk is still unknown. He also announced forward Kris Draper won't play when the series resumes in Detroit.
"Datsyuk and Lidstrom are day-to-day," Babcock said. "I'm hopeful to see Pav and Nick very shortly here."
Draper, who missed the first 10 of the team's playoff games because of an upper body injury, said he pulled his groin while skating in the third period of Game 3.
While it won't be the first time the team has adjusted to Draper's absence, going without their captain is another story.
Lidstrom's absence in Game 3 was the first time in his 17-season career that he'd missed a Stanley Cup playoff game.
'Good day off'
Until Sunday, the defenceman had played 228 straight playoff games since joining the Wings for the 1991-92 season.
Like Draper, Lidstrom has a lower-body injury. Datsyuk is still nursing an injured foot.
As for Osgood, Babcock said he would give him a "good day off" and that he's expected back in the net for Game 5.
At practice on Monday, Osgood said he was confident he'd be ready to go for the next matchup.
"I was cramping up a bit [in the second period]," Osgood said. "I came off, we did an IV and the doctor just said I wasn't going back in. He made the decision."
"It's never happened before. It wasn't a big deal. It was a good time for it to happen at that point. If it had been a closer game, I would have stayed in for sure," he added.
Meanwhile, the Blackhawks said forward Martin Havlat, who was left unconscious in Game 3 after absorbing a hit from Detroit's Niklas Kronwall, and who left Game 4 when hit again by Detroit defenceman Brad Stuart, would try to skate at Tuesday's practice. His status for Game 5 will be assessed afterward.