DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock says forward Kris Draper will miss Games 1 and 2 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Forward Dan Cleary left practice on Tuesday, but Babcock said he didn’t have an update on him.
Draper, who has an upper-body injury, did not play in the last two games of the regular season.
If Cleary can’t play, it would probably be more of a loss than missing Draper, whose plus-minus rating was a team-worst and career-low minus-13 this season.
The second-seeded Red Wings begin defence of the Stanley Cup on Thursday night at home against the seventh-seeded Blue Jackets.
Columbus is making its first playoff appearance in franchise history.