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Detroit Red Wings expect F Justin Abdelkader back from hand injury in Game 3

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DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings expect to have left wing Justin Abdelkader back from a hand injury in Game 3 of their playoff series against Tampa Bay on Tuesday night.

Abdelkader hasn't played since April 4.

The 6-foot-2 Abdelkader scored 23 goals during the regular season, more than doubling his previous career high. His return will allow coach Mike Babcock to split up Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.

Datsyuk was centring a line with Zetterberg at left wing and Gustav Nyquist on the right in the first two games. Now Datsyuk is expected to play with Darren Helm and Tomas Tatar, and Zetterberg will centre Abdelkader and Nyquist.

The series is tied 1-1.

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