DETROIT — Justin Abdelkader appears ready to go despite needing stiches after a tussle late in the 5-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
“I should be fine, I just got cut open during the fight,” said Abdelkader, who got two stiches on his left index finger. “Holding the stick can be tough, it’s on my bottom hand. Trainers did a good job of patching it up, protecting it.”
Defensemen Jakub Kindl (hip flexor) and Jonathan Ericsson (groin) also appear ready to return.
“I will be playing for sure,” Kindl said. “We decided I needed a couple of more skates before getting into the game so it was a smart decision, so I’ll be playing tomorrow.”
Defenseman Brendan Smith fell awkwardly into the boards after being hit by Gustav Nyquist and left the ice early. He said he would available for Friday.
Defenseman Danny DeKeyser didn’t skate after “bumping his knee” in the loss to the Penguins.
“His foot got caught in a rut against (Sidney) Crosby and fell down,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “That’s when he bumped his knee. I don’t think it’s very serious, but once again it’s this time of the year.”