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Red Wings will begin defense of Cup without Draper

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DETROIT (AP) -Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock says forward Kris Draper will miss Games 1 and 2 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Forward Dan Cleary left practice on Tuesday, but Babcock said he didn't have an update on him.

Draper, who has an upper-body injury, did not play in the last two games of the regular season.

If Cleary can't play, it would probably be more of a loss than missing Draper, whose plus-minus rating was a team-worse and career-low minus-13 this season.

The second-seeded Red Wings begin their defense of the Stanley Cup on Thursday night at home against the seventh-seeded Blue Jackets. Columbus is making its first playoff appearance in franchise history.

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