Rafalski could play in Game 6

Updated: May 11, 2009, 7:31 PM ET
Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Detroit defenseman Brian Rafalski could be back in the lineup Tuesday night when the Red Wings look to eliminate the Anaheim Ducks in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals.

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Rafalski practiced with the Red Wings on Monday after skating on Sunday. He has been sidelined throughout the second-round series -- which Detroit leads 3-2 -- with an upper-body injury.

"Obviously if the coaches and myself feel I can contribute in any way, there's a good chance I'll play," Rafalski said after the Red Wings' 30-minute practice.

While Rafalski may be returning, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock indicated that center Kris Draper, who has missed the series with an upper-body injury, will not be available for Game 6.

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