Justin Abdelkader LW DET 4 Days

Abdelkader (shoulder) has been activated from injured reserve in advance of Tuesday's game against the Blue Jackets, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.

Abdelkader will return to the lineup after a seven-game absence due to the partially-separated shoulder. He's expected to slot into Gustav Nyquist and Henrik Zetterberg on the Red Wings' top line.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 4 Days

Abdelkader (upper body) will play in Tuesday's game against the Blue Jackets, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Abdelkader skated on the top line at Tuesday's morning skate, so it appears he will jump right back into a key role for the Red Wings. He has tallied 15 points and 20 PIM in 24 games this season, so he could be worth a look if he is available in your league.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 5 Days

Abdelkader (upper body) practiced Monday and is on pace to play in Tuesday's game, Ansar Khan of MLive reports.

Abdelkader has been out the month of December with a shoulder injury, but appears ready to return. He brings his 15 points in 24 games back to the lineup.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 9 Days

Abdelkader (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Thursday.

Abdelkader looked like he could be a possible option for Friday's game against the Panthers after shedding his non-contact jersey at Thursday's practice, but it sounds like the Red Wings are content to give him a little more recovery time. The IR placement won't affect his return date, but coach Mike Babcock said after Thursday's session that he didn't expect the winger back until next Tuesday, according to MLive.com's Ansar Khan.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 9 Days

Abdelkader is no longer wearing a non-contact jersey at practice Thursday, Ansar Khan of MLive reports.

Abdelkader is getting real close to a return, and may be in the lineup Friday against Florida. He has 15 points in 24 games.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 10 Days

Abdelkader (upper body) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Maple Leafs, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.

Abdelkader was wearing a gray no-contact sweater during the team's morning skate and still looks to be at least a few days away from returning. Wednesday will mark the fifth consecutive game that he's missed.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 11 Days

Abdelkader (upper body) took part in non-contact work during Tuesday's practice, Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News reports.

Abdelkader will more than likely remain out for Wednesday's game against the Maple Leafs, but if he's able to get in a full practice over the next two days, he could rejoin the lineup before the week is out. Stephen Weiss has been the greatest beneficiary of his absence, emerging as a mainstay in the lineup with five points in the four contests that Abdelkader has missed.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 15 Days

Abdelkader (upper body) won't play in either of Detroit's two weekend contests, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.

Abdelkader has missed the Red Wings' previous two games while dealing with a slight shoulder separation and has no timetable for a return. He was able to get in a skate on his own after Friday's practice, but it doesn't appear he's close to rejoining his teammates for workouts.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 16 Days

Abdelkader (upper body) will not play Thursday against the Stars, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.

Abdelkader failed to take part in the morning skate Thursday, after a recent bout with the flu in addition to his injury sidetracked his recovery process. The Red Wings are still listing him as day-to-day, so he'll remain in consideration for a lineup spot Saturday versus the Rangers.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 19 Days

Abdelkader (shoulder) will not play Tuesday against the Panthers, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Head coach Mike Babcock said Abdelkader remains day-to-day, but the winger won't be in the lineup Tuesday.