Left Wing - DET
Goals: 4 | Assists: 1 | Pts: 5
Shots: 5 | +/-: 4
– For the first time in his career, the NHL has recognized Justin Abdelkader
for his scoring touch.
On Monday, the league named the Red Wings’ top-line forward the First Star of the Week for his five-point effort that helped the Red Wings to consecutives wins to begin the 2015-16 season.
The former Michigan State standout scored four goals on five shots on goal, and added an assist as the Red Wings defeated Toronto, 4-0, and Carolina, 4-3.
Last Friday, Abdelkader registered the second career three-goal game as the Wings rolled to a 4-0 season-opening victory over Toronto. His first hat trick came at Anaheim on March 22, 2013.
Abdelkader had a goal and as assist in Saturday’s 4-3 win at Carolina.
Skating on the Wings’ top line with center Henrik Zetterberg and rookie Dylan Larkn, Abdelkader finished the week as the league’s leader in goals scored and game-winning goals.
“He’s been taking steps here the last three years here as soon as he got the opportunity to play more,” Zetterberg said. “He’s taking advantage of it. Even this year he’s playing on the PK and does a really good job. Those kind of players, you don’t see them all that often in the league – strong, big guys that really can do everything and score goals, too.”