Red Wings' Ericsson back, Datsyuk and Draper out, for Game 1

Jonathan Ericsson will join fellow Red Wings defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom in returning to the lineup for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final against Pittsburgh at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena on Saturday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7:30 p.m. ET).

Lidstrom also returns to Detroit lineup for Stanley Cup opener

Injured Detroit Red Wings forwards Pavel Datsyuk and Kris Draper took the ice for Friday's workout but, unlike defenceman Jonathan Ericsson, were not cleared for game action on Saturday.

Ericsson was absent from Friday's workout as a precaution just days following surgery for acute appendicitis, but Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock said he would play Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final against the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7:30 p.m. ET).

Datsyuk, meanwhile, looked uncomfortable attempting to turn on his suspected broken foot at Saturday's morning skate after missing the last three games of his team's series win over Chicago in the NHL Western Conference final.

"When he first gets on the ice, his foot is stiff and it takes a while for him to get going," said Babcock. "He's tried a few things and it hasn't responded.

"Our medical people are trying as hard as they can. He'll be back as soon as he can, that's all I can tell you."

Draper missed the last two contests versus the Blackhawks with a groin injury and won't play Saturday, said Babcock.

Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom also skated Friday alongside defence partner Brian Rafalski and will be in the lineup for the series opener.

He is nursing an undisclosed lower body injury that kept him out of the lineup for two games, including Wednesday's series-clinching 2-1 overtime win over Chicago in Game 5.

"You can see the depth we have now," said Lidstrom. "A few guys go down and other guys step in and play real well.

"To win a series for us when your top line didn't score, but [Darren] Helm came up big for us and got the winner, shows we have a lot of depth on our team."

Lidstrom leads all NHL blue-liners in scoring in this year's playoffs with 13 points in 14 games.

With files from The Canadian Press