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Abdelkader, Smith back for Wings' Game 3

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News
Brendan Smith, left, Justin Abdelkader skate during the Wings' practice Monday at Joe Louis Arena.

Detroit – The Red Wings' lineup will have a new look for Tuesday's Game 3.

Defenseman Brendan Smith returns, likely in place of Alexey Marchenko, while forward Justin Abdelkader is back from his hand injury and replaces Stephen Weiss.

Abdelkader hasn't played since taking a slap shot to his hand April 4 in Minnesota.

"I'm real excited; it was nice to have an extra day between games," said Abdelkader, who skated on a line with Gustav Nyquist and Henrik Zetterberg during Monday's practice. "The guys did a good job of getting a split on the road and getting home-ice (advantage) back."

Abdelkader's physical and grinding style — he also scored a career-high 23 goals will be a welcome addition to a Red Wings lineup that hasn't had a lot of bite in the first two games.

"We have a lot more to give," coach Mike Babcock said. "We need everyone on deck. We can't have one (game) on and one (game) off. We need to get going.

"Abby is a big player who competes every day."

Abdelkader believes he can provide a boost.

"My game is real suited for the playoffs and I hope to help the team out," Abdelkader said. "Be physical, get on the forecheck and be around the net.

"Just watching the last two games has been tough."

Smith hasn't played since batting a flying puck from the bench back onto the ice surface April 9 in Montreal.

Marchenko replaced Smith in the lineup, but after an impressive regular-season finale in Carolina, Marchenko has been ineffective against Tampa Bay.

Smith, too, can provide the competitiveness Babcocok seeks.

"Smith can skate and he's competitive," Babcock said. "I don't think we're skating good enough and or competing hard enough. Those are two things.

"When we played against them (Tampa Bay in Game 1) they spent the whole game in our zone, but we boxed out hard and gave our goaltender (Petr Mrazek) an opportunity.

"Last game we didn't give our goaltender an opportunity."

No biting

There are pictures from Game 2 that show Lightning forward Steven Stamkos appearing to bite the glove of Kyle Quincey.

Stamkos laughed off the charge after the game and Quincey did Tuesday, also.

"If he was biting my hand, it was my glove and not my fingers," Quincey said. "I didn't feel anything. I didn't see any pictures. That's the first I heard of it."

Quincey was more perplexed by getting an extra two minutes of roughing for the scrum, and putting Tampa Bay on a power play, during which it scored.

"I never go after after a guy like Stamkos, that's not in the hockey by rules," Quincey said. "To get two minutes for roughing. ... I never saw him coming. He choked me from behind."

Ericsson hurting

Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson didn't skate Monday, just as he was not on the ice Friday before Game 2.

Ericsson is nursing a lower-body injury but is expected to play Tuesday.

Ericsson has averaged approximately 20 minutes of ice time in the last two games and has an even rating, with six credited hits.

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