April 25, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (8) congratulated by teammates after scoring in the third period against the Nashville Predators at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red Wings Welcome Justin Abdelkader Back From Suspension


The Detroit Red Wings are going in to a crucial Game 6 Friday night in front of their home crowd at Joe Louis Arena. While the Red Wings need to win in order to avoid elimination, they will be receiving a major boost on the ice thanks to the return of winger Justin Abdelkader from a two game suspension for his hit on Anaheim defenseman Toni Lydman.

Lydman suffered a head injury and is still out of action because of migraines.

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was very vocal about his excitement for Abdelkader’s return and the impact that he will have in his return.

Huge for us,” Babcock said, according to the Detroit Free Press.. “He’s been a physical presence for us. I think he makes Z and Pav way better. That’ll really help.”

Abdelkader will immediately return to the Red Wing’s top line along with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk.

If Abdelkader can provide the immediate boost to the Red Wings that Babcock imagines, we could be in to one heck of a game. Pair that with the emotional charge from the crowd and this has the making of leading to a Game 7.

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