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Justin Abdelkader emerges unscathed from hit, but Sabres’ Gerbe isn’t so lucky

MLIve’s Ansar Khan provides good news for Red Wings fans who were worried about Justin Abdelkader’s status after he took a heavy (and clean) hit from Brayden McNabb during the Red Wings-Sabres game, but not-so-good news regarding Sabres forward Nathan Gerbe, who got dinged by the toe of Paul Gaustad’s skate:

Abdelkader did not return to the game but said he will practice Saturday in Denver and be ready for Sunday’s game in Colorado.

“Just trying to get around him, he came up a little high; I didn’t see the replay,’’ Abdelkader said. “I just had to go through all the tests. Everything is fine.’‘

Also, Sabres forward Nathan Gerbe (Oxford) was cut in the nose and lip by the skate blade of a teammate late in the third period. Coach Lindy Ruff said he was in a lot of pain, but no surgery is needed and he is questionable for Saturday’s game in Nashville.

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