Justin Abdelkader

#8 LW / Detroit Red Wings / EXP: 8YRS Height: 6-1 Weight: 219 lb Age: 28 College: Michigan State

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    • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

      Red Wings' Justin Abdelkader: Inks seven-year extension with Wings

      The Red Wings have signed Abdelkader to a seven-year contract extension worth $29.75 million, Sportsnet.ca reports. The lucrative deal for Abdelkader will cause a $4.25 million salary cap hit for each year of the contract. That's a large chunk of change for a player who has yet to record more than 50 points in a single season, but Abdelkader is an up-and-coming player who plays a relentless brand of hockey and isn't likely to lose his grip on a top-six role any time soon.

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      Red Wings' Justin Abdelkader: Slumping after hot start

      Since tallying five points in the first two games of the season, Abdelkader has gone ice cold, failing to register on the scoresheet for six consecutive games. That early productivity helped pin Abdelkader to a top-line spot, which he still enjoys, but the returns have been quite meager. Over the course of those six scoreless games, he's put only seven shots on goal, total, despite clearing 19 minutes three times. Abdelkader surprisingly broke out as a legitimate scoring threat last year, and this season's early returns made it seem like he had a chance to build on that, but he's come back down to earth in a big way. Moderate your expectations and you won't be disappointed.

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      Red Wings' Justin Abdelkader: Five points in first two games

      Abdelkader's hot start continued Saturday with a two-point effort against the Hurricanes. He scored the game-winning goal and added an assist. That makes five points in two games -- do you think he likes his new gig on the top line? Stick in the spurs and ride this streak for as long it goes. Or better yet, find the owner who thinks Abdelkader is the second coming and sell high, especially if this continues for another couple games.

    • Wings' Abdelkader Productive In Return

      News: Justin Abdelkader recorded an assist and six hits in his return to the lineup in Tuesday's Game 3 victory over the Lightning.
      Analysis: Playing in his first game since April 4 after recovering from a hand injury, Justin Abdelkader immediately provided a boost to the Red Wings, assisting on Riley Sheahan's third-period power-play goal. Abdelkader also got in a scrape after the Bolts' Cedric Paquette tripped Wings goalie Petr Mrazek, earning himself two minutes in the penalty box. He ultimately finished as the game's second star.
    • Wings' Abdelkader Set To Return

      News: Justin Abdelkader (hand) is slated to play in Tuesday's Game 3 against the Lightning, mlive.com reports.
      Analysis: With Justin Abdelkader -- who has missed six games with a hand injury -- back in the Wings' lineup, look for Stephen Weiss to be among the team's healthy scratches on Tuesday.
    • Red Wings' Abdelkader Expected To Return Tuesday

      News: Justin Abdelkader (hand) is expected to play in Tuesday's game three against Tampa Bay, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
      Analysis: Justin Abdelkader has been dealing with a hand injury since Apr. 5 in Detroit's game against Minnesota and has not played since that contest. He skated in a non-contact jersey Friday and appears to be on track for a return to the ice Tuesday.
    • Wings' Abdelkader (Hand) Out Saturday

      News: Justin Abdelkader (hand) will not play on Saturday in Game 2 against Tampa Bay, NHL.com's Bryan Burns reports.
      Analysis: Justin Abdelkader was able to skate on Friday in a non-contact jersey, but he still isn't ready to make his return to the Wings' lineup. He should be considered day-to-day, and will get another chance to return to game action on Tuesday.
    • Wings' Abdelkader (Hand) Goes Through Non-Contact

      News: Justin Abdelkader (hand) skated Friday in a non-contact jersey, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
      Analysis: The winger did the same Wednesday and was held out of Thursday's game against the Lightning. He'll remain day-to-day in advance of Saturday's matchup, for which he should be considered questionable. At this point, however, it seems rather unlikely that he'll play.
    • Wings' Abdelkader Out Thursday

      News: Justin Abdelkader (hand) won't play Thursday against the Lightning.
      Analysis: Justin Abdelkader, who last suited up on April 4, was practicing in a gray no-contact jersey on Wednesday, which suggests that he remains in the day-to-day category for the Wings in advance of Saturday's Game 2 in Tampa Bay.
    • Wings' Abdelkader Still Questionable For Thursday

      News: Justin Abdelkader (hand) appears questionable for Thursday's playoff opener against the Lightning, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.
      Analysis: Justin Abdelkader was practicing in a gray no-contact jersey Wednesday and didn't skate as part of a regular line, which casts some doubt on his status for Thursday. The Red Wings should clarify Abdelkader's situation following Thursday's morning skate.
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