Sports
5:48 am
Thu June 4, 2009

Red Wings to play Draper, encouraged by Datsyuk's practice

PITTSBURGH (AP) – PITTSBURGH (AP) - Detroit Red Wings Red Wings coach Mike Babcock says forward Kris Draper is well enough to play in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals tonight.

The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the visiting Wings 4-2 Tuesday night, cutting Detroit's series lead to 2-1.

Another injured Detroit player is doing better as well.

Pavel Datsyuk practiced with the defending champions, and general manager Ken Holland says Datsyuk "looked good."

Holland says Datsyuk's status will be determined after this morning's skate.

Holland says Datsyuk will be healthy enough to play at some point in the Cup finals if he isn't cleared to play in Game 4.