When the Detroit Red Wings take on the Tampa Bay Lightning this afternoon, they won’t have Justin Abdelkader in the lineup. This comes after the forward took a nasty head shot from Deryk Engelland of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. The Penguins defenseman will have an in-person hearing on Wednesday and could receive a suspension of more than five games for the check.
Meanwhile, Abdelkader will follow through with the NHL’s concussion protocol. Because of this, he won’t be able to go against Tampa.
— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) December 15, 2013
Tomas Jurco was Detroit’s 2011 second-round pick, going to the team with the 35th overall selection. Prior to making his debut as a professional, he was known mostly for his fancy stick work and various other non-applicable skills. After posting a solid but unspectacular 28 points in 74 games in the AHL last season, Jurco has started to develop into a top-end scorer this year.
He is clipping along at a point-per-game pace for the Grand Rapids Griffins, and already has 11 goals in 26 games this season. He will be making his NHL debut against the Lightning.