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Red Wings’ Lidstrom, Datsyuk held out of practice a day before Game 5

DETROIT – Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk were held out of practice by the Detroit Red Wings the day before Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.

Detroit coach Mike Babcock said Tuesday the stars are feeling better. But the team will wait until both get a chance to skate before Wednesday night’s game to decide whether they will play against the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Babcock said Lidstrom and Datsyuk will play if ready even though Detroit won without them and took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Lidstrom missed Game 4 with an undisclosed injury and Datsyuk has been out the past two games with an injured foot.