Rafalski misses Wings morning skate ? or did he?

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com
None of the reporters watching Detroit's optional skate at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday morning noticed Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski on the ice, but Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said he did participate.

If he didn't, it would be noteworthy because Rafalski also missed Tuesday's practice. Rafalski, who plans to play in Game 3 on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET, VERSUS [JIP], TSN2, RDS [JIP]), said missing Tuesday's workout was a maintenance day to take care of a nagging knee issue.

"Just a little swelling in the knee, getting it out and making sure it doesn't get aggravated anymore," he said. "Just getting ready for tonight."