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By The Numbers: Justin Abdelkader

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

By The Numbers will highlight the Red Wings on-ice accomplishments during the first half of the 2015-16 season. For the next few days By The Numbers will profile a different player on the team, focusing on their statistical highs. Here is a look at rookie forward Justin Abdelkader.


Is among four Red Wings who have played in every game this season. The others are Henrik Zetterberg, Gustav Nyquist and Riley Sheahan. Abdelkader has not played a whole NHL season since joining the Red Wings full time in 2010-11.


Leads the Red Wings in shooting percentage with 14 goals on 88 shots on goal. His previous single-season shooting percentage high came last season when he scored 23 goals on 154 shots (14.9 percent).


Is tied for second with Tomas Tatar for the team lead in goals. Abdelkader started December on a season long, three-game goal scoring streak, which included a two-goal performance against Buffalo (Dec. 1). He followed that up with a goal apiece against Arizona (Dec. 3) and Nashville (Dec. 5). Despite missing seven games, Abdelkader had 11 goals prior to the All-Star Game last season.


Is currently fifth in the Atlantic Division in hits, trailing Toronto’s Leo Komarov (213), Boston’s Matt Beleskey (164) and Zac Rinaldo (132), and Ottawa’s Chris Neil (126). Since the start of the 2010-11 season, Abdelkader has led the Red Wings with 903 hits in 393 regular-season games.


Tied for third in the NHL with Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin and Columbus forward Scott Hartnell for the most minor penalties this season. Only Washington’s Tom Wilson (27) and Nashville’s James Neal (26) have been called for more minor infractions.


Registered his second career hat trick when he scored three goals in the season opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 9. He had a goal and an assist the next night in Carolina, giving him five points and recognition as the NHL’s first star of the week.

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