DETROIT — Forward Justin Abdelkader had no goals in his first 23 games. He scored 10 in the last 24, which is a career high.
“Not after the start I got off to,” Abdelkader said when asked if he thought he would have a career high in goals after the start he had to the lockout shortened season. “It was a tough start, frustrating for a while there.”
Despite the struggle, Babcock kept Abdelkader on the top line with Pavel Datsyuk.
“I’ve had a great opportunity to play with two unbelievable players,” said Abdelkader, who’s other wing on the line is Henrik Zetterberg. “I’m just trying to play my game. Get in front of the net for those guys and play hard defensively.”