Rafalski Out For Game One

Brian Rafalski will not be playing in game one against the Ducks. The reason is not being released and Mike Babcock says that he’s day-to-day.

This means that Ericsson is being moved up to top defensive pairing; he’ll be paired Lidstrom. This is a huge opportunity for the young defenseman. He’s played so well since they brought him up from Grand Rapids. I really think he’s up to the task. I have almost as much confidence in him as I do in Lidstrom. I’m looking forward to seeing him get more minutes.

Chelios will be in tonight to round out the third pairing with Lebda.

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