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Jakub Kindl may play tomorrow

Grand Rapid Griffins defenseman Jakub Kindl may play tomorrow night for Detroit in the spot of Brian Rafalski. Rafalski is suffering from a sore back and is questionable for tomorrow's game against the Edmonton Oilers. If Rafalski is out, the Wings would be short one defenseman and need to fill it quickly or play with only 5 defenders.

From's Ansar Khan:

Rafalski's back stiffened up on him 10 minutes into practice, forcing him to leave.

Already without Niklas Kronwall and Andreas Lilja, the Wings are thin on the blue line and have had to call on Brett Lebda and Derek Meech for a lot of minutes each game. Kindl could be called on from Grand Rapids to fill the spot for a game. Kindl has been talked about a lot as being a future anchor on the Detroit blue line but will have to wait until there is a vacancy. More on this as it develops.

There's also mention that Patrick Eaves will miss the game because of sore right ankle. Brad May and Kirk Maltby will both play with Eaves out.