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Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader out with illness


Detroit Red Wings forward and assistant captain is struggling this season – to say the least.

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In 61 games played this season, the veteran forward has only registered four assists with zero goals scored. For tonight’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes, the team announced that he won’t be playing due to an undisclosed illness.

The Red Wings are taking every precaution as the spread of COVID-19 is affecting sports leagues everywhere.

The NHL, MLB, NBA, and MLS announced earlier this week that they’ll be temporarily restricting locker room access in order to combat the spread of COVID-19, otherwise known as coronavirus.

“We’re taking the normal precautions that have been advised to everybody in terms of washing your hands, doing a real good job of being vigilant with that,” Blashill said. “Justin Abdelkader is out tonight, he’s sick, we just had him stay at home. He was on the fence whether he’d be able to play or not and we just had him stay at home. So a little extra precaution there, covering our mouths when he cough, but beyond that, there’s not much else we can do.”

– – Quotes via Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com –

Written by Michael Whitaker

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