"I think (Abdelkader) has gotten way better as of late...He's a worker, honest, two-way guy...In the last five games, we're 3-1-1 and things are going all right for our team, so let's just keep going here.” - Mike Babcock
"I've just kept doing all the small things, keep shooting, putting the puck on net and hope for some breaks.” - Justin Abdelkader
Jimmy Howard will get the nod in net.
"They’re really not all that far off. They’re all grouped together from fourth all the way to last, so it’s tight and going to continue to be that way all the way to the end of the season. You just have to find a way every single night to get points.” - Jimmy Howard
Valtteri Filppula is out with an Upper-Body Injury.