Lidstrom, Datsyuk out for Wings

Updated: May 24, 2009, 3:37 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun |

CHICAGO -- The Western Conference finals took on another surprising twist Sunday before the puck was even dropped for Game 4 between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks.

Nicklas Lidstrom, the Red Wings' six-time Norris Trophy winner, was scratched.

"Lower body, day to day," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told before the game.

Hart Trophy nominee Pavel Datsyuk also missed a second straight game with a foot injury.

On the Chicago side, Martin Havlat took warm-up and decided afterward that he would play. Havlat was knocked out by a vicious hit from Detroit's Niklas Kronwall in Game 3 on Friday night and was widely expected not to be able play in Game 4.

Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin (lower body) did not take warm-up and is out for Game 4. Cristobal Huet gets the start.

Kris Draper also was a scratch for Detroit, which activated defenseman Chris Chelios for the first time in the series.

Pierre LeBrun covers the NHL for Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.