As expected, the Detroit Red Wings’ Justin Abdelkader will have a hearing with the league later Sunday, according to the NHL’s department of player safety.
The hearing, scheduled for 4 p.m. EST, comes after Abdelkader’s hit on Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman late in the second period of Game 3 on Saturday. Abdelkader received a five-minute major penalty for charging and an automatic game misconduct at 15:11. A woozy Lydman left the game and did not return.
Babcock said Abdelkader will start on line with Datsyuk and Franzen but that Nyquist will play up there too.
Abdelkader has been playing with Datsyuk lately and he will stay there at least for the start of the game. Even though he is playing with one of the best players in the NHL he still only has one goal and one assist in 26 games this season.
Justin Abdelkader's left foot is sore from getting hit with a shot during the third period of Thursday's 4-3 loss in Nashville, but he said X-rays revealed no fracture. It's only bruised. He made it through the entire practice and said he'll be ready to play Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings at Joe Louis Arena.
With Abdelkader healthy, don't expect the lines to change whatsoever. Should he not be OK, the team will re-call a forward from the AHL.