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Red Wings' Lidstrom, Ericsson to play

Updated: May 29, 2009, 6:45 PM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings' chances to challenge Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin improved greatly the day before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals when their battered blue line got good news.

Six-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom said Friday he will play in the series opener after missing two games with a lower-body injury and Detroit coach Mike Babcock declared another defenseman, Jonathan Ericsson, fit to play.

Ericsson, though, wasn't 100 percent sure.

The rookie ...

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