Justin Abdelkader LW DET 7 Hrs

Abdelkader returned for the start of the second period, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.

Abdelkader took a puck to the face near the end of the first period and was taken to the locker room but returned for the start of the second period. It appears he should be good to go.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 8 Hrs

Abdelkader left Thursday's game late in the first period after taking a puck to the face, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Abdelkader needed to be helped off the ice and taken into the locker room because of the injury. He didn't return for the remainder of the first period, though there wasn't much time left, but the team will likely update his status for the remainder of the game at some point in the near future.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 6 Days

Abdelkader scored a goal and added an assist in Friday's win over Toronto.

The 27-year-old third-line winger has now collected four points (two goals) through four games on the season. Abdelkader's value comes in very deep leagues, as he has never surpassed 28 points in a season and sees minimal power-play time.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 7 Days

Abdelkader said after morning skate that he'd be in the lineup Friday against the Maple Leafs, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.

Abdelkader was given Thursday's practice off for maintenance purposes, but it sounds like he's feeling fully healthy. Abdelkader could receive a day off somewhere down the road in order for either Dan Cleary or Stephen Weiss to get in the lineup, but it doesn't appear that will happen Friday.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 8 Days

Abdelkader missed Thursday's practice with what coach Mike Babcock called a "maintenance day," MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.

Babcock said that Abdelkader would be available for Friday's game against the Maple Leafs, but he didn't confirm the winger would necessarily be in the lineup. Neither Stephen Weiss or Dan Cleary have seen the ice this season, so the weekend back-to-back set could present a good opportunity for either player to spell Abdelkader for a game.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 14 Days

Abdelkader tallied one of two second-period goals for the Red Wings in their 2-1 victory over the Bruins on Thursday.

In a game in which the two teams combined for just 41 shots, Abdelkader's deflected shot past goalie Tuukka Rask mostly amounted to a stroke of luck for the Red Wings. Both Abdelkader and Johan Franzen were in the vicinity of the puck when it deflected into the goal, but after video review, Abdelkader was awarded the marker. Abdelkader saw 17:34 of ice time in the victory, and should continue to see a decent amount of minutes due to his competence at both even strength and on special teams.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 1 Month

Abdelkader has been playing on the Red Wings' projected second line through the first three days of training camp, joining Stephen Weiss and Gustav Nyquist, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Abdelkader bounced all over the place for the Red Wings last season as the team dealt with a litany of injuries at forward, but with the team in better overall health entering 2014-15, he should see more stability in his role. The 27-year-old is valued by the coaching staff for his versatility as a checker, penalty killer, and depth scorer, but it's the latter attribute that largely puts him off the radar for fantasy purposes. Last season's meager outputs of 10 goals and 28 points represented career-highs, and he's unlikely to notice a spike in either category in 2014-15 if the Red Wings enjoy some semblance of health.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 3 Months

The IIHF has suspended Justin Abdelkader for three games for a high hit against Vladimir Sobotka for a high hit during the 2014 World Championship.

Abdelkader's suspension will be served at the start of the 2015 World Championship. This marks the second time he's been suspended for his actions in the 2014 tournament. He also served a one-game ban for a knee-on-knee hit.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 5 Months

Justin Abdelkader was ejected from Team USA's quarterfinal match against the Czech Republic.

He received five minutes for charging and a game misconduct for a high hit on Vladimir Sobotka. Even though the United States were eliminated by the Czechs from the tournament in the contest, he could be facing another suspension from the IIHF. He was banned for one game during the preliminary round for a knee-on-knee hit.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 5 Months

Justin Abdelkader returned from his one-game suspension on Tuesday and he scored two goals for the United States in a 5-4 win over Germany.

"I felt pretty good as the game went on, pretty fresh," said Abdelkader, who earned the ban for a knee-on-knee hit. "I just wanted to hopefully spark my team tonight and it was a big win for us."