Abdelkader was dealing with a dislocated finger for the final five games of the regular season and the team's playoff series, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. In the 10 total games played since suffering the injury on March 29 in Montreal, Abdelkader had two goals, no assists, and a minus-5 rating. The injury didn't stop Abdelkader from playing his hard-nosed brand of hockey, but it almost definitely hampered his offensive abilities. There's no indication as to whether the injury will require surgery, but expect Abdelkader to be ready for the start of next season.
Abdelkader did a little bit of everything, chipping in a goal on four shots with five hits and six penalty minutes Wednesday in Tampa Bay. Abdelkader wasn't afraid to mix it up in a very chippy game, but also came through with a second-period tally that momentarily gave Detroit the lead. The physical American forward should be in for a big series skating on the top line with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.
Abdelkader (lower body) took part in line rushes during pregame warmups, indicating he'll be in the lineup for Saturday's regular-season finale against the Rangers, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. Abdelkader will slot into his usual role skating on the Wings' top line and power-play unit in Saturday's road matchup with the Rangers. The 2005 second-round pick will look to snap an eight-game scoreless streak in Saturday's contest.
Abdelkader (lower body) did not participate in an optional skate Friday, Ansar Khan of MLive reports. It would be more worrisome if Friday's skate wasn't optional, but Detroit did call up Joakim Andersson on Friday. Odds are if Abdelkader is anywhere near 100 percent, he will play as Saturday's season finale has the playoffs on the line. However, that will largely depend if he can practice before Saturday's game.
Abdelkader left Thursday's game early in the third period with a lower-body injury and will not return. Abdelkader logged a quiet night evening prior to leaving, finishing with 15:05 of ice time without any other mark in the scorebook. The 29-year-old winger will look to rejoin the lineup Saturday in a matchup with big playoff implications, but expect the team to update his status again before then.
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