Justin Abdelkader LW DET 4 months ago

Abdelkader recorded an assist and six hits in his return to the lineup in Tuesday's Game 3 victory over the Lightning.

Playing in his first game since April 4 after recovering from a hand injury, 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.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 4 months ago

Abdelkader (hand) is slated to play in Tuesday's Game 3 against the Lightning, mlive.com reports.

With 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.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 4 months ago

Abdelkader (hand) is expected to play in Tuesday's game three against Tampa Bay, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.

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.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 4 months ago

Abdelkader (hand) will not play on Saturday in Game 2 against Tampa Bay, NHL.com's Bryan Burns reports.

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.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 4 months ago

Abdelkader (hand) skated Friday in a non-contact jersey, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.

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.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 4 months ago

Abdelkader (hand) won't play Thursday against the Lightning.

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.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 4 months ago

Abdelkader (hand) appears questionable for Thursday's playoff opener against the Lightning, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.

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.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 5 months ago

Abdelkader (hand) practiced Monday for the first time since last week, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Abdelkader has been a surprisingly productive offensive player this season, with a career-high 23 goals and 44 points. The Red Wings will need all hands on deck to upset the Lightning, and Abdelkader should be back for Game 1 on Thursday.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 5 months ago

Abdelkader (hand) will not be available for Saturday's regular-season finale against the Hurricanes, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.

Abdelkader was limited to skating on his own after the main group left the ice during Saturday's morning session, so he'll be forced to miss a fourth straight game as a result. It seems as though Abdelkader is progressing well from the injury, potentially giving him a shot at suiting for Game 1 of the Red Wings' first-round playoff series.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 5 months ago

Abdelkader (hand) will not play Thursday against the Canadiens, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.

As was expected, Abdelkader didn't take part in the Red Wings' morning skate and will be forced to sit out a third straight game. The Red Wings have yet to rule him out for the regular-season finale Saturday against the Hurricanes, but Abdelkader may need to resume practicing Friday to have a shot at playing in that contest.