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8 Justin Abdelkader LW
Height/Weight: 6-1/219 | Birthdate: 2/25/1987 | Birthplace: Muskegon, MI, USA | Team: Detroit Red Wings | College: Michigan State | NHL Experience: 7 | Salary: $1,400,000 | Owned/Started%: 11/4
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4/13/2014

Justin Abdelkader, LW, DET

Justin Abdelkader

Red Wings' Abdelkader Scores Twice

News: Justin Abdelkader scored two goals, including the game-winner against the Blues on Sunday.
Analysis: Justin Abdelkader ends the regular season with a new career high in points with 28, even though he only played in 70 games.

3/30/2014

Justin Abdelkader, LW, DET

Justin Abdelkader

Wings' Abdelkader To Return Sunday

News: Justin Abdelkader (leg) will return to the lineup Sunday, Chuck Pleiness of the Macomb Daily reports.
Analysis: Word actually came from GM Ken Holland that Justin Abdelkader would finally return after missing the last two weeks with a large cut on his leg. No word yet as to who sits.

3/29/2014

Justin Abdelkader, LW, DET

Justin Abdelkader

Red Wings' Abdelkader Eyeing Sunday Return

News: Justin Abdelkader (leg) hopes to be available Sunday against the Lightning, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.
Analysis: Justin Abdelkader took part in an on-ice workout at Saturday's morning skate and will check back on how his leg feels Sunday morning. He's been out since Mar. 16 after suffering a deep laceration from a blade slashing him just above his left knee.

3/27/2014

Justin Abdelkader, LW, DET

Justin Abdelkader

Wings' Abdelkader Shooting For Weekend Return

News: Justin Abdelkader (leg) hopes to return to the lineup this weekend, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: Justin Abdelkader, although not a dynamite scorer, is a key cog for the Red Wings. He can play on any line comfortably, and will help Detroit in this final playoff push.

3/26/2014

Justin Abdelkader, LW, DET

Justin Abdelkader

Wings' Abdelkader Returns To Ice

News: Justin Abdelkader (leg) skated during the team's optional skate Wednesday, Chuck Pleiness of Macomb Daily reports.
Analysis: Wednesday was Justin Abdelkader's first time on the ice since suffering a leg laceration on March 16 against the Blackhawks, and the team is hoping that he will be able to return some time next week. He has eight goals and 16 assists in 62 games this season.

3/18/2014

Justin Abdelkader, LW, DET

Justin Abdelkader

Wings' Abdelkader Sidelined

News: Justin Abdelkader is slated to miss two weeks due to a cut leg, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: With Justin Abdelkader -- who suffered the injury in Sunday's game against Chicago -- now out, the Wings have bolstered their depth up front by calling up Landon Ferraro from AHL Grand Rapids.

3/17/2014

Justin Abdelkader, LW, DET

Justin Abdelkader

Red Wings' Abdelkader Nursing Injury

News: Justin Abdelkader has a lower-body injury and is questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Maple Leafs, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.
Analysis: The Red Wings have already recalled Landon Ferraro from AHL Grand Rapids on an emergency basis in the event of Justin Abdelkader's absence Tuesday. The veteran winger apparently suffered the injury in Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Blackhawks. He skated for 14:33 and logged five hits and a minus-1 rating in the defeat.

2/3/2014

Justin Abdelkader, LW, DET

Justin Abdelkader

Red Wings' Abdelkader Scores Twice

News: Justin Abdelkader scored both of Detroit's goals against the Canucks on Monday. One was on the power-play, one was the game-winner, and he also picked up two penalty minutes.
Analysis: Justin Abdelkader has tied his career high in points, but that's only a total of 22. He's not much of a scorer, and even all the injuries that have plagued the Wings this season haven't boosted his numbers too much.

1/22/2014

Justin Abdelkader, LW, DET

Justin Abdelkader

Wings' Abdelkader Adds Two Assists Wednesday

News: Justin Abdelkader picked up two assists in Wednesday's 5-4 SO win over the Blackhawks.
Analysis: The gritty winger doesn't score much, but was able to notch his 12th and 13th assists of the season. Justin Abdelkader now has 18 points and a plus-7 rating through 45 games this season.

1/2/2014

Justin Abdelkader, LW, DET

Justin Abdelkader

Detroit's Abdelkader Scores Again

News: Justin Abdelkader potted a goal for the second straight game Wednesday in a 3-2 loss to Toronto.
Analysis: Justin Abdelkader has two goals and seven penalty minutes in three games since returning from injury. He's not going to light the ice on fire, but may have a little value in deeper leagues with 15 points in 37 games.

12/31/2013

Justin Abdelkader, LW, DET

Justin Abdelkader

Detroit's Abdelkader Scores Monday

News: Justin Abdelkader scored a goal for the first time in more than a month in Monday's 6-4 loss to Nashville.
Analysis: Justin Abdelkader has been a solid contributor for Detroit this season, as he's more of a hustle guy than a scorer. That said, he still has 14 points in 36 games that have seen him on nearly every line in an attempt to boost the Wings' offense.

12/23/2013

Justin Abdelkader, LW, DET

Justin Abdelkader

Red Wings' Abdelkader Cleared For Saturday

News: Justin Abdelkader (head) has been cleared to return to action, but won't do so until Saturday against the Panthers, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.
Analysis: GM Ken Holland said the forward would not play Monday against the Islanders, mostly as a precaution. With the Red Wings short on quality forwards due to injuries, Justin Abdelkader should easily earn at least a third-line role when he returns to the lineup.

12/23/2013

Justin Abdelkader, LW, DET

Justin Abdelkader

Wings' Abdelkader Likely Out Monday

News: Justin Abdelkader (head) appears to be out for Monday's game against the Islanders, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.
Analysis: Justin Abdelkader wasn't skating on a line during morning skate, a sign he more than likely won't be used. With the Red Wings not set to play again until Saturday against the Panthers, Abdelkader will get a few extra days to rest up for a weekend return.

12/21/2013

Justin Abdelkader, LW, DET

Justin Abdelkader

Wings' Abdelkader Hopes To Play Monday

News: Justin Abdelkader (head) is aiming to play Monday against the Islanders, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.
Analysis: Justin Abdelkader was set to go in for some neuro-testing Saturday afternoon with the hope that he'd be cleared for a return to action. His availability or unavailability for Monday's contest should be known before the weekend is over.

12/19/2013

Justin Abdelkader, LW, DET

Justin Abdelkader

Wings' Abdelkader Could Return Soon

News: Justin Abdelkader (concussion) could return to the lineup Saturday or Monday, Chuck Pleiness of the Macomb Daily reports.
Analysis: Now symptom-free, Justin Abdelkader has been skating for the last few days and looks like he will just need to get some full-contact work in before the Red Wings confirm he's ready to go. The team should know by the conclusion of Saturday's morning skate whether Abdelkader will be able to suit up.

12/18/2013

Justin Abdelkader, LW, DET

Justin Abdelkader

Wings' Abdelkader Skates

News: Justin Abdelkader (head) skated Wednesday for the first time since suffering an injury Saturday against the Lightning, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Analysis: There's still no word on whether or not the winger has passed the league-mandated concussion tests, so even though he's skating, there's not a timetable for his return yet. Once we get word that he has been cleared for contact, we'll have a better idea of when he'll return to the lineup.

12/17/2013

Justin Abdelkader, LW, DET

Justin Abdelkader

Red Wings' Abdelkader Making Steady Improvement

News: Justin Abdelkader (jaw) says he is making daily progress in his recovery and could return to game action next week, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: It hasn't been revealed whether or not Justin Abdelkader has passed his concussion tests, but the fact that he's progressing nicely is at least encouraging news. He missed his fist contest Sunday due to the head injury.

12/17/2013

Justin Abdelkader, LW, DET

Justin Abdelkader

Wings' Abdelkader Out Tuesday

News: Justin Abdelkader (concussion) will not play in Monday's game against the Ducks, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: Justin Abdelkader joins a host of Red Wings in the injury ward, as he has not yet passed concussion protocol. He is day-to-day, but it doesn't look like he'll be back until the weekend at the very least.

12/14/2013

Justin Abdelkader, LW, DET

Justin Abdelkader

Red Wings' Abdelkader Out Sunday

News: Justin Abdelkader (head) will go through the league's concussion protocol and is not available for Sunday's game against the Lightning, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Analysis: Justin Abdelkader left Saturday's game with a head injury, and was ruled out for Sunday shortly after the conclusion of that contest. With the early signs not looking particularly good, it won't be surprising if Abdelkader misses time beyond Sunday.

12/14/2013

Justin Abdelkader, LW, DET

Justin Abdelkader

Wings' Abdelkader Leaves With Injury

News: Justin Abdelkader left Saturday's game in the first period after he was hit in the head by the Penguins' Deryk Engelland.
Analysis: For the second consecutive weekend, a Penguins defenseman was at the center of a controversial hit that could result in a suspension for Engelland. Justin Abdelkader, meanwhile, will be examined for a concussion after he required assistance off the ice by the trainers. The team should provide an update on his status after the game.

11/22/2013

Justin Abdelkader, LW, DET

Justin Abdelkader

Wings' Abdelkader Snaps Scoring Drought

News: Justin Abdelkader found the box score for the first time in eight games Thursday, notching an assist in the 4-3 win against the Hurricanes.
Analysis: Coincidentally, the last time Justin Abdelkader scored a point was the last time the Wings won a game. Abdelkader is more of an energy guy, but Detroit certainly will take any scoring it can get from him.

11/2/2013

Justin Abdelkader, LW, DET

Justin Abdelkader

Wings' Abdelkader Scores Game-Winner Friday

News: Justin Abdelkader scored a rare goal that turned out to be the game-winner as the Red Wings held on for a 4-3 win over the Flames on Friday.
Analysis: At the time he scored, Justin Abdelkader's second goal of the season was just insurance, as the Wings went up by two in the third period. But after a late barrage from the Flames on goaltender Jimmy Howard cut the deficit to one, the 26-year-old forward's tally turned into the winning goal. He now has two goals and two assists on the season.

10/18/2013

Justin Abdelkader, LW, DET

Justin Abdelkader

Wings' Abdelkader Notches Assist

News: Justin Abdelkader notched an assist in the Red Wings' 4-2 win over the Avalanche on Thursday.
Analysis: Justin Abdelkader was recently taken off the first line in an effort to revitalize the second line, and it seems to be working so far as Detroit's offense has improved markedly. While the switch helps the Wings, it decreases Abdelkader's fantasy value immensely.

10/11/2013

Justin Abdelkader, LW, DET

Justin Abdelkader

Red Wings' Abdelkader To Move Down A Line

News: Justin Abdelkader will move down to the second line Saturday against the Flyers, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.
Analysis: Justin Abdelkader has totaled a respectable two points over four games while working alongside Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, but coach Mike Babcock opted to move the winger down to boost the struggling second and third lines. As a result, Abdelkader shouldn't lose out on much ice time but could have a more difficult time scoring with his new, less talented linemates.

10/5/2013

Justin Abdelkader, LW, DET

Justin Abdelkader

Discipline Looming For Wings' Abdelkader?

News: Justin Abdelkader may face supplemental discipline after leaving his feet and delivering a blindside hit to the Bruins' Brad Marchand in Saturday's loss.
Analysis: Marchand was down for a while and had to be helped to the bench. He was able to return later. Justin Abdelkader did not receive a penalty on the play, but that's never stopped Brendan Shanahan from doling out the discipline.