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Justin Abdelkader | Winger | #8

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 218
College: Michigan State
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 2 (42) / DET
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Justin Abdelkader is not expected to face supplemental discipline for his hit on Florida's Aleksander Barkov.
The head contact on the body check was ruled unavoidable because of Barkov's posture. The Panthers were very upset with Abdelkader after the game, especially since Barkov was injured on the play. Feb 9 - 6:59 PM

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The Panthers did not like Justin Abdelkader's hit on Aleksander Barkov Monday night.

Barkov sustained an upper-body injury on the play, but Abdelkader defended the check afterward. "I'm the type of player that is going to go out and play hard," he said. "My job is to out there and finish checks. I don't think I'm a cheap player or trying to make cheap shots out there. I don't think I was coming in to hit with my elbows or my arms up. His head was a little low, I guess. At the same time, I thought I finished through his body."
Feb 9 - 10:21 AM

Justin Abdelkader earned two assists in Thursday's 6-3 loss to Florida.

He helped set up power-play goals by Dylan Larkin and Mike Green in the defeat. Abdelkader has 12 assists and 26 points in 51 games to go with 57 penalty minutes and 129 hits.
Feb 5 - 7:54 AM

Forward Justin Abdelkader scored for Detroit in a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders Monday night.

Abdelkader's goal, at 13:29 of the second period, was his 15th of the season. The Wings went ahead 1-0 at 10:57 of the first period on a power-play goal by Brad Richards. It was his fifth goal of the season. Danny DeKeyser made it 3-1 for Detroit at 14:40 of the second period. And Luke Glendening found the empty net at 19:15 of the third period for his fourth goal of the season. The Wings have won seven of eight road games heading into the All-Star break.
Jan 25 - 10:04 PM

Justin Abdelkader and Henrik Zetterberg will get Dylan Larkin back on their line Friday night.

The trio was very effective for the Red Wings earlier in the season and coach Jeff Blashill is hoping they can find that success again as the team is struggling to score. Abdelkader has one goal in his last eight outings.
Jan 22 - 8:01 AM

Justin Abdelkader picked up the eventual winner over the Sharks as the Red Wings came away with a 2-1 victory on Thursday night.

So much of life is just about being in the right place at the right time, and then executing. Well that was Abdelkader to a tee as he fired home a Pavel Datsyuk-created rebound through Martin Jones. Go find the highlight and watch the Magic Man work. Abdelkader now has 13 goals and 22 points in 41 games this season.
Jan 8 - 1:49 AM

Justin Abdelkader had a big night despite Detroit's big 5-2 loss to Pittsburgh.

Abdelkader picked up his 12th goal of the season on his only shot, with a minor, and five hits over nearly 19 minutes of work. With 21 points in 38 games this season, Abdelkader proves to continue to be a fine secondary piece on just about any team.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 10:02:00 PM

Justin Abdelkader netted his 10th goal of the year Thursday in a 3-2 win over Montreal.

He tied the game at 2-2 in the third period when Henrik Zetterberg centered a pass that bounced off his skate. Abdelkader has five goals and one assist in his last five matches.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 08:00:00 AM

Due to injuries to Drew Miller and Teemu Pulkkinen the Red Wings have shuffled their forward lines and Justin Abdelkader is the big winner.

Detroit coach Jeff Blashill has re-united Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg on the same line. Abdelkader is the lucky third member of this unit for Saturday's contest against the Predators. The Wings' other two top lines will look like this: Dylan Larkin, Brad Richards and Darren Helm and Riley Sheahan, Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyqvist. Adjust your roster accordingly.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 09:54:00 AM

Justin Abdelkader scored two goals and one assist in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Abdelkader gave the Wings a 2-0 lead in the first period and scored the game-tying goal with less than 6:30 remaining in regulation. He also picked up the primary assist on Drew Miller's second period goal. Abdelkader has seven goals and eight assists this season.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 10:32:00 PM

Justin Abdelkader had two assists in a 3-2 victory over Los Angeles on Friday.

Abdelkader has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last four games. That's brought him up to five goals and 11 points in 20 contests this season. He's something of a borderline forward as far as standard fantasy leagues go, but he's not a bad guy to gamble on while he's hot.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 10:58:00 AM

The Detroit Red Wings offense has been in a funk as of late.

The Red Wings have scored two goals or less in six consecutive games and eight of their last nine after dropping a 3-1 decision to the Bruins on Saturday night. "We’re struggling a bit to score goals," Justin Abdelkader said ."When you do that, you can’t give up Grade A chances. When you’re struggling to score goals you have to play tight defensively. We gave them too many chances."
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 11:48:00 AM

Justin Abdelkader scored a goal in a 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins Saturday night.

Abdelkader inked a seven-year, $29.75 million extension on Thursday. This was his fifth marker of the season. Niklas Kronwall and Mike Green assisted on his goal
Sat, Nov 14, 2015 09:57:00 PM

Red Wings GM Ken Holland offered his justification for handing Justin Abdelkader a seven-year, $29.75 million deal.

"It was to get him signed. He's 28 years of age and if he hit the open market, and a team wanted to pry him out of Detroit -- it's hard to find big people that can score 20 goals," Holland said. Except to say that Abdelkader has only reached the 20-goal mark once in his career. He got 23 markers last season, but before that he had never recorded more than 10 goals in a single season. Maybe he'll manage to reach the 20-goal mark again in 2015-16, but his new deal will run past his 36th birthday and we imagine that he won't be getting Detroit 20-goals per campaign for most of that contract.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 12:44:00 PM

Justin Abdelkader has signed a seven-year, $29.75 million extension with the Detroit Red Wings.

Abdelkader has one year remaining on his four-year, $7.2 million deal. That's a lot of money to throw at Abdelkader, especially seeing as he'll be 36 by the end of this new contract. From a fantasy perspective, Abdelkader does have some value in standard leagues, but he won't be a big contributor. He has seven points and 12 penalty minutes in 15 contests and that's likely a fair representation of the pace he's going to be on for the rest of the campaign.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 10:48:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Pavel Datsyuk
2Dylan Larkin
3Brad Richards
4Darren Helm
5Riley Sheahan
6Luke Glendening
LW1Henrik Zetterberg
2Tomas Tatar
3Andreas Athanasiou
4Teemu Pulkkinen
5Drew Miller
RW1Gustav Nyquist
2Justin Abdelkader
3Tomas Jurco
4Johan Franzen
D1Niklas Kronwall
2Mike Green
3Danny DeKeyser
4Kyle Quincey
5Brendan Smith
6Jonathan Ericsson
7Jakub Kindl
8Alexey Marchenko
G1Petr Mrazek
2Jimmy Howard