Injury will probably end Abdelkader’s 2018-19 season
Justin Abdelkader is likely out for the season.
The Red Wings forward is expected to miss three to four weeks with a hairline fracture. There are 10 games spread out over 2.5 weeks remaining in the season.
Abdelkader suffered the injury in Thursday night’s 5-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning at Little Caesars Arena before missing Saturday’s 2-1 home win over the New York Islanders.
Ironically, he also scored in the game to break his 40-game goal drought.
Abdelkader has six goals and 13 assists for 19 points and is minus-14 in 71 games this season.
Advice from Lidstrom
Boston Bruins 42-year-old defenseman Zdeno Chara asked a few players who played into their 40s what they considered when deciding whether or not to retire.
One of them was former Red Wings great and Hall of Fame defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, who retired at the age of 42 after the 2011-12 season.
“I told him that I kind of ran out of gas,” Lidstrom told NHL.com. “My drive that I’ve had for so many years that made me be able to play till I was 42, that drive, I didn't have that anymore."
After Detroit was eliminated by the Nashville Predators in the first round of the 2011-12 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Lidstrom told management he would take a month to decide what he would do.
He got his answer after he started working out.
"I just had lost that," he said. "I didn't have motivation. I didn't have what it took to train hard all summer long, to prepare for an 82-game season before the playoffs, and that was my deciding point. I still loved playing hockey. I still had the love for the game, but the drive wasn't there anymore."
Chara has said he wants to return for at least another NHL season.
Jack Hughes, Caufield break records
Jack Hughes broke the National Team Development Program career points record and Cole Caufield set the career NTDP goal mark on the same play Friday night at USA Hockey Arena.
Hughes had five assists and Caufield six goals in the game.
Hughes passed Clayton Kellar, who had 190 career points, and Caufield broke Phil Kessel’s goal record.
Team USA defeated the Green Bay Gamblers 12-4.
Hughes is projected as the first pick of the NHL draft in June.
Hirose to make NHL debut
Taro Hirose, whom the Red Wings signed to a two-year entry-level contract as a free agent out of Michigan State last week, will make his NHL debut on Tuesday night against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
“Obviously, making your NHL debut at Madison Square Garden isn’t the worst thing in the world,” Hirose, a 22-year-old forward, told www.mlive.com. “Definitely excited and happy to get one in.”
Hirose, 5-10 and 160 pounds, led the nation with 50 points and 1.47 points-per game and had 116 points in 106 games in three seasons with the Spartans.
Detroit also signed forward Ryan Kuffner, who made his debut Saturday, to a two-year entry-level deal last week and signed Maine center Chase Pearson to the same type of contract on Monday.
Pearson, 21, had 78 points (37 goals and 41 assists) in 107 games over three seasons at Maine. He will sign an amateur tryout with the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins and will join them later this week.
The Red Wings drafted the native of Alpharetta GA in the fifth round (140th overall) in the 2015 Draft. His father, Scott Pearson, played a total of 292 NHL games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Quebec Nordiques, Edmonton Oilers, Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders in a pro career that lasted from 1988 to 2000.