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Red Wings defenceman Brian Rafalski is now possible for Game 6

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Detroit defenceman Brian Rafalski could be back in the lineup Tuesday night when the Red Wings look to eliminate the Anaheim Ducks in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Rafalski practiced with the Red Wings on Monday after skating on Sunday. He has been sidelined throughout the second-round series - which Detroit leads 3-2 - with an upper-body injury.

"Obviously if the coaches and myself feel I can contribute in any way, there's a good chance I'll play," Rafalski said after the Red Wings' 30-minute practice.

While Rafalski may be returning, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock indicated that centre Kris Draper, who has missed the series with an upper-body injury, will not be available for Game 6.

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