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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 - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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