Red Wings, Blackhawks might miss stars in Game 5
DETROIT (AP) - Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk were held out of practice by the Detroit Red Wings the day before Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.
Detroit coach Mike Babcock said Tuesday the stars are feeling better. But the team will wait until both get a chance to skate before tonight's game to decide whether they will play against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Babcock said Lidstrom and Datsyuk will play if ready even though Detroit won without them and took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Lidstrom missed Game 4 with an undisclosed injury, and Datsyuk has been out the past two games with an injured foot.
CHICAGO (AP) - Blackhawks right wing Martin Havlat and goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin have skipped the team's practice but were set to make the trip to Detroit for Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.
Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said both would be evaluated after Wednesday morning's pre-game skate.
Havlat returned to the Blackhawks' lineup Sunday, two days after he took a hit from Niklas Kronwall that forced him out of Game 3 in the first period.
Havlat played only 7 minutes and 59 seconds Sunday and hardly at all after the first period.
Khabibulin left after two periods Friday with a lower body injury. Cristobal Huet replaced him Sunday.