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Red Wings' Smith cleared, could return vs. Canucks

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said defensemen Brendan Smith (hand) has been cleared to play, but a final decision on whether he'll return to face the Canucks won't be made until Sunday morning. The Wings host Vancouver on Sunday Smith has missed the past five games after getting an infection in his hand during a fight in a game against the Blue Jackets on Nov. 18. "See how practice goes and see how he feels in the morning," Holland said of Smith's status after Saturday's practice at Joe Louis Arena. Babcock said it appears that Smith will be ready to return. "It's important to get Smitty back, get him playing like he can,"...

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