Detroit Red Wings Kris Draper (centre) smiles as he stands with Jakub Kindl (left) and Derek Meech (right) during team practice in Pittsburgh, Pa., Wednesday, June 3, 2009.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
PITTSBURGH - Veteran centre Kris Draper will be back in the Detroit Red Wings lineup for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final while Pavel Datsyuk may also be ready to return from injury.
Coach Mike Babcock confirmed Wednesday that Draper will play against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.
Draper has missed the last five games - three with a suspected groin injury and the last two as a healthy scratch.
Datsyuk skated hard on Wednesday and appears ready to return from a broken foot suffered in the Western Conference final against Chicago.
Babcock said a decision will be made on Datsyuk after an optional skate Thursday morning.
The Red Wings lead the series 2-1.