DETROIT >> Justin Abdelkader was back on the ice since suffering a right hand injury in Saturday’s shootout win over the Minnesota Wild after blocking a shot by Marco Scandella 1:06 into overtime.
Abdelkader said nothing is broken, but wouldn’t reveal the extent of the injury.
“I’m not going to get into details like exactly what it is,” Abdelkader said. “It’s a hand injury.
“We’ll see, we’ll see,” Abdelkader continued. “Today was kind of (the) first step into that stage, skating today and that was big. Hopefully just keep getting better. It’s one of those things that hopefully get keep getting better day-by-day. Time isn’t necessarily much of it, so like I said, it was just good to skate today and we’ll see.”
Inflammation seems to be the biggest sticking point now that doesn’t allow him to grip a stick properly.
“Anytime you get a bruise or something like that you need to get the inflammation out as quickly as possible, so doing therapy, doing rehab, trying to work that way,” Abdelkader said. “I mean, it’s just something we’re going to have to deal with in the short time, in the short while.”
Abdelkader has a career-high 23 goals and 44 points this season. His previous career highs were 10 goals (each of the past two seasons) and 28 points (in 2013-14).
Abdelkader will make the trip with the team to Montreal and hasn’t ruled out returning for that game, but it seems highly unlikely.