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No changes expected for Ducks, Red Wings

by Curtis Zupke

ANAHEIM -- Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock opened his press conference Wednesday with a rundown of what had transpired since he last spoke to the media.

"I went to Huntington Beach for a couple of hours and had a meal at Capital Grille," he said. "Fifteen teams left in the tournament. That should shorten this right up."

There wasn't much to talk about before Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals between the Detroit Red Wings and the Anaheim Ducks, which will be played Wednesday at Honda Center (10 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

Babcock said he will make no changes to his lineup, and Anaheim will appear to do the same, because it did not do line rushes during its morning skate.

Detroit evened the best-of-7 series at 2-2 partly because its young players have grown accustomed to the Stanley Cup Playoff intensity.

Babcock summed it up when he said, "Our kids got to be good or we can't win. We don't have enough."

Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman is improving but remains out because of lingering headaches from Justin Abdelkader's illegal hit in Game 3. Abdelkader was suspended two games by the NHL for the hit.

"Talking to him [Lydman] this morning, he says he's feeling a lot better and they [headaches] are nowhere near as intense as they were, but as to where he is compared to when he's going to play, I couldn't give you an answer," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said.

Boudreau said his team was able to offset the loss of Lydman because of Sheldon Souray, who returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch in Game 3.

"[Detroit] had [49] shots on goal, but we miss him to a point," Boudreau said of Lydman. "But at the same time they only had one goal until the last four minutes of play. I thought Lydman's played great, but I think Sheldon stepped in and played the way he played the first 40 games of the year."

Here are the projected lineups for Game 5:


Henrik Zetterberg - Pavel Datsyuk - Mikael Samuelsson

Johan Franzen - Valtteri Filppula - Daniel Cleary

Gustav Nyquist - Joakim Andersson - Damien Brunner

Todd Bertuzzi - Cory Emmerton - Patrick Eaves

Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson

Kyle Quincey - Brendan Smith

Jakub Kindl - Brian Lashoff

Jimmy Howard

Jonas Gustavsson

Scratched: Patrick Eaves, Ian White, Jordin Tootoo, Carlo Colaiacovo

Injured: Darren Helm (back), Drew Miller (hand), Danny DeKeyser (thumb)

Suspended: Justin Abdelkader


Bobby Ryan - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Matt Beleskey - Nick Bonino - Teemu Selanne

Daniel Winnik - Saku Koivu - Andrew Cogliano

Kyle Palmieri - David Steckel - Emerson Etem

Sheldon Souray - Francois Beauchemin

Cam Fowler - Ben Lovejoy

Bryan Allen - Luca Sbisa

Jonas Hiller

Viktor Fasth

Scratched: Devante Smith-Pelly, Patrick Maroon, Sami Vatanen, Radek Dvorak, Matthew Lombardi, Brad Staubitz

Injured: Toni Lydman (head/neck)

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