Wings call up Andersson; Abdelkader expected to play

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News
Joakim Andersson

New York – Coach Jeff Blashill will have options when he fills out his lineup card Saturday when the Red Wings face the New York Rangers.

The Red Wings called up Joakim Andersson from Grand Rapids to give Blashill a good penalty killer and fourth-line checker, in case Blashill wants to go that route.

General manager Ken Holland said forward Justin Abdelkader, who left Thursday’s game in Boston in the third period with a lower-body injury, is expected to be ready to play Saturday.

“Everyone who was available to play Thursday, we expect will be available to us Saturday,” Holland said. “We have bumps and bruises, but this time of year, every other team has bumps and bruises, too.

“We expect Abby to play.”

Abdelkader didn’t take part in the optional skate the Red Wings held Friday at Prudential Center in Newark, but then again, not many players did.

Andersson, who had one goal and two assists in 28 games with the Red Wings this season, could play on the fourth line, where Tomas Jurco replaced Anthony Mantha the last two games.

Andersson, though, might provide a better defensive option, and has plenty of NHL experience this time of year the last three seasons.

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