Injured Detroit Red Wings defenceman Brian Rafalski returned to practice on Monday and could be back in the lineup for Game 6 against the Anaheim Ducks.
Because of a lower-body injury, Rafalski has yet to play in the second-round Western Conference series, which Detroit leads 3-2. He'll be a game-time decision on Tuesday night in Anaheim.
"If the coaches and myself feel I can contribute in any way, there's a good chance I'll play," Rafalski said after the Red Wings' 30-minute practice.
Rafalski tied for third among NHL defencemen, with 59 points in the regular season, and helped anchor the league's top-ranked power play. The 35-year-old added a goal and two assists in Detroit's first-round sweep of Columbus.
The news wasn't all good for the Wings on Monday. Forward Kris Draper, who has missed the first six games of the Anaheim series with an upper-body injury, did not receive clearance to play as he'd hoped and will miss Game 6.
Defenceman Jonathan Ericsson, who took a shot in the foot during Sunday's 4-1 victory in Game 5 at Joe Louis Arena, did not practice Monday, but Babcock indicated he'd be in the lineup Tuesday.