Abdelkader opened the scoring on the power play in Saturday's eventual 5-1 home rout over the Avalanche.

The only team worse than the Red Wings on the power play is the Avalanche, but you better believe Abdelkader will enjoy his goal all the same. That was only his sixth lamp-lighter through 52 games, and he's seen his average ice time fall by more than two minutes compared to last year. Heck, even his penalty minutes are down this campaign -- he racked up 120 PIM in a full season for 2015-16, but has just 38 in 51 games this time around. Fantasy owners of Abdelkader must feel slighted, though it likely doesn't compare to GM Ken Holland's sentiment knowing that this guy is signed through the 2022-23 season and commanding $4.25 million annually, despite giving a return of just 19 points and a minus-15 rating in 2016-17. No, Abdelkader shouldn't have to shoulder the blame for the Red Wings missing the playoffs for the first time in 26 seasons, but he certainly isn't playing his finest hockey these days.

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