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Red Wings' Rafalski out for Game 2 against Ducks

DETROIT - Red Wings coach Mike Babcock says Brian Rafalski will not play in Game 2 against the Anaheim Ducks.

Babcock ruled Rafalski out with an upper-body injury on Saturday a day after he missed Detroit's 3-2 win.

The Red Wings plan to replace Rafalski with 47-year-old Chris Chelios as they did in the opener of the Western Conference semifinal.

Rafalski helped Detroit win the Stanley Cup last season after he captured titles with the New Jersey Devils in 2000 and 2003. He had 59 points during the season, tying Nicklas Lidstrom for the most by a Red Wings defenceman.

Rafalski had a goal and two assists in the first round against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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