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Justin Abdelkader skates, hopes to return for Detroit Red Wings by Monday

Justin Abdelkader was out on the ice with his Detroit Red Wings teammates when they took part in a special outdoor practice at Comerica Park on Wednesday. This was good news for a team that badly needs it right now. Ansar Khan of MLive.com is reporting that the feisty forward isn’t suffering from any dizziness or headaches after taking a brutal head shot on Saturday, and that Abdelkader hopes to return on December 23.

He spoke to Khan about how he was feeling and had this to say about his recovery:

I’m working my way back; it’s a process. As long as I have no setbacks we’ll keep building it each day. Need to talk to Piet (trainer Van Zant). Hopefully (return) soon, maybe before (Christmas) break; not ruling that out as long as there are no setbacks.

Monday’s contest against the New York Islanders will be the last for Detroit before the NHL’s holiday break.

The Red Wings have been struggling to produce wins lately due to their battered lineup. They’ve lost six straight games and are slowly sliding down the standings as teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs gain ground. Detroit isn’t in immediate danger of seeing its 22-season playoff streak come to an end, but they need to start picking up the slack soon.

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