DETROIT >> Quick update from Wings’ practice Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena.
Justin Abdelkader took part in his first practice with the team wearing a gray “non-contact” jersey.
He won’t play Wednesday when Detroit hosts the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“Not bad, feeling better,” Abdelkader said. “Today was a good day to skate with the team. No contact. It’s not quite there yet, but it was nice to be out there and skate. Hopefully keep getting better. I think it’s made some good strides over the last few days.”
Abdelkader suffered a slightly separated left shoulder when he was hit by Vancouver’s Luca Sbisa a week ago last Sunday.
“It’s just one of those things where you just can’t put an exact time line on things,” Abdelkader said. “You’ve just got to see how it feels, see the trainers and I guess I’ve got to get my strength back and full range of motion.
“You know you’re getting closer, but you know you’re not quite there yet,” Abdelkader said. “I’m just happy I’m able to be out there and skate with the guys. That’s going to hopefully make it so when I’m ready. I can back into the lineup quicker.”
Abdelkader is off to his best start of his career with seven goals and eight assists through 24 games.
“Just full range of motion and shooting is going to take a little bit,” Abdelkader said. “I think it was positive that I was able to skate out there and do lots of things. Hopefully, it’ll keep coming as quickly as it has the past few days.”
Daniel Cleary appears to be back out of the lineup. He was the extra forward that worked in with the top two lines.