Babcock: Stuart 'will be ready to go'

Updated: May 7, 2010, 1:05 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

DETROIT -- Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock expects defenseman Brad Stuart to be able to play Game 5 on Saturday night.

The Red Wings lost Stuart five shifts into Game 4 after he absorbed a hip check along the boards from Sharks defenseman Rob Blake. The Wings said Stuart had a lower body injury.

"The Doc checked him out, everything seems to be fine and he'll be ready to go next game," Babcock said after the 7-1 rout of San Jose.

Stuart has two goals and six points in Detroit's first 10 playoff games. Stuart, one of the team's hardest hitters, had a plus-6 rating to trail only teammate Henrik Zetterberg entering the game.

ESPN.com NHL writer Pierre LeBrun and The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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