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Wings' Lidstrom, Datsyuk still sidelined

Wednesday, 05.27.2009 / 12:07 PM ET / News
By Brian Compton  - NHL.com Staff Writer
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Wings\' Lidstrom, Datsyuk still sidelined
DETROIT -- New game, same lineup for the Red Wings.

That means the defending Stanley Cup champions will again be forced to play without Norris Trophy candidate Nicklas Lidstrom and Hart Trophy finalist Pavel Datsyuk when the Wings host the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals at Joe Louis Arena (7:30 p.m. EDT, VERSUS, CBC, RDS)

According to Detroit coach Mike Babcock, progress has been made, but not enough to get either player into the lineup as the Wings gun for a rematch of last year's Stanley Cup finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Detroit leads this best-of-seven series, 3-1.

Datsyuk skated in a track suit Wednesday morning, while Lidstrom did nothing more than ride a stationary bike. Neither player addressed the media.

"I think they're both getting closer," Babcock said. "Nick rode the bike. I'd like to think they're going to play the next time they play. (But) I thought that today, though."

Despite not having Datsyuk and Lidstrom in the lineup for Game 4 on Sunday, Detroit came away with a 6-1 victory. Marian Hossa and Henrik Zetterberg each scored twice for the Wings, who went 3-for-9 on the power play.

"Zetterberg was fantastic last game," Babcock said. "I think sometimes when people step up, you go by a few things … Zetterberg's leadership and stability allowed us to do a lot of good things. You want them all to bring their 'A' game. Some nights, different people pick up different people. I don't care who you are … when you're riding to the game and you know you've got no Pav and no Nick, you're saying to yourself, 'Oh.' Maybe that helps you really focus in as well. It's the same here today. We're going to have to be focused and we're going to have to get our people to play real well. The challenge is out there. Someone's going to have to step up here tonight."


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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59