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Justin Abdelkader | Winger | #8

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (30) / 2/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 218
College: Michigan State
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 2 (42) / DET
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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

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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

Justin Abdelkader will continue to play on the Red Wings' fourth line until he is in game shape.

Abdelkader returned this past week from a knee injury that had him sidelined since December 1st and Detroit coach Jeff Blashill likes to bring his players back into the lineup gradually after lengthy absences. Look for Abdelkader to play a game or two more on the fourth unit before being moved up.
Jan 22 - 10:09 AM

Justin Abdelkader will be back from a knee injury Tuesday against Chicago.

Abdelkader isn't listed on injured reserve anymore. He could be on a line with Dylan Larkin and Tomas Tatar, which is where he spent Monday's practice. Abdelkader has sat out the last 16 matches due to a sprained MCL.
Jan 10 - 2:45 PM

Justin Abdelkader is hoping to return to action Tuesday against the Blackhawks.

Abdelkader has been sidelined since December 1st with a sprained MCL, but appears to be ready to return to the Red Wings' lineup. He will have to get through the next few days of practice without any setbacks but it looks as if Abdelkader will be a player next week.
Jan 8 - 9:01 AM

Justin Abdelkader (knee) took part in Tuesday's practice.

While that's an encouraging step, Abdelkader's return isn't believed to be imminent. As it is, he's already missed a little more than a month due to the knee injury.
Jan 4 - 11:05 AM

Justin Abdelkader (knee) is not ready to return to action yet.

GM Ken Holland said that Abdelkader isn't expected to play this week, which would keep him out for another three contests including the Centennial Classic versus Toronto.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 01:22:00 PM

Justin Abdelkader (knee) may be ready to return next week.

He skated Thursday and is getting close to being available to return. Abdelkader has been absent from the lineup since Dec. 1 due to a sprained MCL.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 08:13:00 AM

The Red Wings have placed Justin Abdelkader on seven-day I/R with a sprained MCL.

The veteran winger is expected to miss the next two-to-four weeks, so this is just a perfunctory move so they can make a call-up from Grand Rapids. Abdelkader has four goals and eight points and 13 PIMs in 22 games this season.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 02:35:00 PM

Justin Abdelkader's lower-body injury is a sprained MCL.

Abdelkader will miss the next two-to-four weeks as a result. He has four goals and eight points and 13 penalty minutes in 22 contests in 2016-17.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 12:36:00 PM

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C1Henrik Zetterberg
2Dylan Larkin
3Frans Nielsen
4Riley Sheahan
5Luke Glendening
LW1Tomas Tatar
2Anthony Mantha
3Darren Helm
4Tyler Bertuzzi
5Matt Lorito
RW1Gustav Nyquist
2Andreas Athanasiou
3Justin Abdelkader
4Evgeny Svechnikov
5Martin Frk
6Johan Franzen
D1Mike Green
2Danny DeKeyser
3Trevor Daley
4Xavier Ouellet
5Jonathan Ericsson
6Niklas Kronwall
7Ryan Sproul
8Nick Jensen
9Luke Witkowski
G1Jimmy Howard
2Petr Mrazek
3Jared Coreau