Lidstrom, Ericsson to play, Datsyuk game-time decision - 5-29-09

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Detroit coach Mike Babcock said defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom and Jonathan Ericsson will play in Game 1 tomorrow. Lidstrom missed the final two games of the Western Conference final due to a "lower-body" injury. Ericsson missed Game 5 due to an appendectomy.

Forward Pavel Datsyuk, a finalists for the Hart Trophy, will be a game-time decision due to a foot injury. He was injured in Game 2 against Chicago when he blocked a shot.

Forward Kris Draper will not play due to a groin injury. He has missed his team's last two games.

EN Says: Having Pavel Datsyuk out of the lineup would makes life a lot easier for Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

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