After losing Game 3 and one of their first-line forwards in the process, the Red Wings will aim to bounce back tonight sans Justin Abdelkader and tie the series at two games apiece. Abby was suspended for two games for what was deemed an illegal hit to Toni Lydman, though some of the Wings' brass seemed to disagree with the ruling.
"I watched the hit again today. Holy mackerel. I don't know what you're going to be suspended for," Babcock said. "Now if you turn the video around and you pretend like there was contact to the head, maybe you can find something. ... I think it was shoulder to shoulder - bent knees going into a guy, exploding through him."
"It's a hard thing to talk about when it's your own teammate, but certainly Abby has no history of this," Detroit right wing Daniel Cleary said. "He's not a guy that targets people, but it was a hard hit."
Detroit will undoubtedly miss Abdelkader's physicality, but given the way the season has gone in Hockeytown, the Wings should feel right at home playing with key guys on the shelf.
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