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Justin Abdelkader won’t play after taking nasty hit to the head


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.

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.

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