The Detroit Red Wings have not gotten off to a bad start, considering that they’re 8-4-2. What’s remarkable is that the Wings have struggled scoring, but continue to have a record where they’ve won twice as many games as they’ve lost.
Their defense will win a lot of games for Detroit, but it’s hardly a secret that they need more firepower from various sources if they’re to establish themselves as one of the elite teams in the NHL.
This is where Justin Abdelkader‘s talents come into play. The Red Wings veteran left forward has never been a prolific scorer in the league, but perhaps it’s time he becomes one. He scored what proved to be the game winner Friday night at the Calgary Flames. He’s never scored a ton of goals or had many assists. His role has usually been to provide a physical presence and let the other team try to counteract that with something else. In the collegiate and minor league ranks, Abdelkader usually came up with impressive offensive output, though. With the Red Wings, he’s still there to be an enforcer of sorts. He’s always there in the mix for the Wings and needs to keep scoring so he can draw more respect and attention from defenders and also help the Wings win more game.
The season is still young, but the Wings could use more offense and need players like Abdelkader to have their best scoring seasons of their careers. They’re trying to get increased scoring from some source, so that might as well include Abdelkader. He has the talents. Now he must find a way to properly use them.