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Justin Abdelkader | Winger | #8

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (30) / 2/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 214
College: Michigan State
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 2 (42) / DET
Contract: view contract details

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Justin Abdelkader scored a goal and an assist in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Red Wings found themselves down 2-0 heading into the first intermission, but they managed to fight back in the second frame. Abdelkader cut the lead to 2-1 by converting on a penalty shot at the 2:30 mark of the period. He then registered the primary assist on Mike Green's first goal of the season. Unfortunately for the Wings, Nikita Kucherov scored the game-winning goal (his second of the game) in the third period. After picking up just one point in his first four games of the season, Abdelkader has now recorded three points in his last two games. He has two goals and two assists in six games this season. Oct 16 - 10:29 PM

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Justin Abdelkader potted his first goal of the season in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to Dallas.

Abdelkader cashed in on a Detroit power play. He scored just seven goals and recorded 21 points in 64 matches last year. At even strength, Abdelkader has been seeing ice time alongside Frans Nielsen and Darren Helm.
Oct 11 - 8:20 AM

Justin Abdelkader (groin) might be able to play on Thursday.

Abdelkader took part in Wednesday's practice and was part of the Red Wings' top power-play unit. He had seven goals and 21 points in 64 contests last season, but he has the potential to do better than that this time around.
Sep 27 - 1:46 PM

Justin Abdelkader (groin) was back on the ice briefly with his teammates Sunday in a no-contact jersey.

Coach Jeff Blashill would like to see Abdelkader play in a couple more preseason games later next week before the 2017-18 campaign begins.
Sep 24 - 4:52 PM

Justin Abdelkader (groin) skated by himself on Saturday.

That's an encouraging step, but it's still not clear how long Abdelkader will be sidelined for. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Sep 24 - 4:43 AM

Justin Abdelkaer is listed as day-to-day with a groin injury.

The rugged winger has not been skating, but the Wings are hoping he will be cleared to get back on skates by next weekend.
Sep 23 - 10:03 AM

Justin Abdelkader's lower-body issue is a groin injury.

Abdelkader hasn't been skating as a result. So still have a couple weeks before the regular season starts, so perhaps this issue will be resolved by then.
Sep 22 - 12:15 PM

Justin Abdelkader didn't take part in Monday's scrimmage because of a lower-body tweak.

Abdelkader dealt with a knee injury at the end of the 2016-17 campaign, but it's unclear if that is still bothering him. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Sep 18 - 1:42 PM

Justin Abdelkader doesn't need surgery on his knee right now, but it's unclear if that will change.

Detroit GM Ken Holland said an ultrasound revealed "there is something" in the back of Abdelkader's knee, but he just resting for now. He still hopes to play in the 2017 IIHF World Championships even though he has been experiencing some discomfort.
Apr 25 - 10:20 AM

Justin Abdelkader is hoping to avoid knee surgery so he can play for Team USA at the World Hockey Championships.

He played with some pain and soreness in the back of his knee for the last three months of the season and is hoping to play in the tournament and then rest. Abdelkader is seeking out medical advice as to whether a long period of rest after the IIHF event will solve the problem or whether a scope is the only thing that will do the trick.
Apr 16 - 9:27 AM

Justin Abdelkader will have his knee scoped next week.

It's been an issue that has lingered for him. It will probably prevent him from playing in the World Championships.
Apr 11 - 1:48 PM

Justin Abdelkader got the first goal of Tuesday's match against Montreal just 53 seconds into the game.

Detroit got a power play very early in the contest and Abdelkader cashed in on his chance in front of the net. The Red Wings didn't score again until late into overtime when Anthony Mantha potted the game winner. Abdelkader has generated seven points in his last 11 outings.
Mar 22 - 10:31 AM

Justin Abdelkader snapped his eight-game goal drought during Saturday's 5-1 win over the Avalanche.

He collected four helpers in that span. In 52 games this season the veteran has six goals and 20 points.
Mar 18 - 4:56 PM

Justin Abdelkader has earned four points over a three-game point streak.

He has one goal and four assists over his last five outings. Abdelkader has been clicking with Darren Helm and Dylan Larkin on the third line. He has been limited to 45 games this season due to injury and he has contributed just 17 points.
Mar 6 - 10:21 AM

Justin Abdelkader scored the game winning goal at the 2:31 mark of overtime, which lifted the Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Canucks.

Abdelkader has not been very productive recently and was riding a 22-game goalless streak during which he earned only five assists. Only one of these assists came in the past seven games, so it is too soon to form a bandwagon for him.
Mar 1 - 12:48 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Henrik Zetterberg
2Dylan Larkin
3Frans Nielsen
LW1Tomas Tatar
2Anthony Mantha
3Justin Abdelkader
4Darren Helm
5Scott Wilson
6Tyler Bertuzzi
RW1Gustav Nyquist
2Martin Frk
3Luke Glendening
4David Booth
5Luke Witkowski
6Johan Franzen
D1Mike Green
2Trevor Daley
3Danny DeKeyser
4Niklas Kronwall
5Nick Jensen
6Jonathan Ericsson
7Xavier Ouellet
G1Jimmy Howard
2Petr Mrazek