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Rafalski may play in Game 6

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Key word there being may. Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports that defenseman Brian Rafalski is a game-time decision for Game 6. He skated about 25 minutes with the Black Aces on Sunday before the game and then skated even longer than that on Monday. However, Sunday was the first time he practiced in 12 days. He played in the entire first round against Columbus, but then suffered an undisclosed upper-body injury before the start of Round 2 and has not played yet in this series.

If I had to guess, I would say that Rafalski will not play Tuesday night. He hasn't had a chance to practice much and the Wings don't need him yet. I'd rather have him healthier and good-to-go IF a Game 7 was needed than have him not all there and perhaps more worn out for a Game 7. Derek Meech will be taken out of the lineup to make room for Rafalski should he be good to go.

Kris Draper is still out of the lineup with an undisclosed upper-body injury.

Unfortunately, defenseman Jonathan Ericsson suffered an injury in Game 5 when he took a shot off of his foot. He did not practice on Monday, but is expected to play on Tuesday.