Holmstrom misses Friday skate, will be game-time decision for Game 4

Updated: May 30, 2008, 3:19 PM ET
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Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Tomas Holmstrom would not skate at practice Friday and Holmstrom's status for Saturday's Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins will be a game-time decision.

Tomas Holmstrom

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"Game 4, I don't know, Holland said. "We like to think he'll be back in the series."

Holmstrom took a hard hit from Pittsburgh's Hal Gill in Wednesday's Game 3, forcing him to miss a late power play as he limped out of Mellon Arena. The team did not immediately disclose the nature of Holmstrom's injury, but it appears to be something involving his right knee.

"...The back of his leg, the hamstring -- he's got a problem there," Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock said Friday afternoon. "We think he'll be fine. He's a tough guy."

Babcock said Holmstrom will determine his own availability.

"I am not going to decide, he's going to decide," Babcock said. "He's a tough guy. I expect him to play."

The Penguins beat the Red Wings 3-2 on Wednesday to cut their series deficit to 2-1.