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Bertuzzi Improving, Abdelkader Close And Daley Back On The Ice

12/06/2019 at 3:58pm EST

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

It doesn't seem like it was that long ago that Tyler Bertuzzi was just looking to crack the Red Wings lineup.

Now he's a mainstay on the top line and on the power-play unit that gets the most time.

Bertuzzi, 24, is making the most of his increased role, leading the team with 24 points (10-14-24) in 30 games.

Last season, Bertuzzi had nine goals and seven assists in his first 30 games.

"It's another year of experience, I would say," Bertuzzi said after Friday's practice at the BELFOR Training Center. "We finished the year last year really strong and I think that connection came over to this year. Obviously some games could be a lot better, and some games were really good, so we just gotta be more consistent."

Bertuzzi is averaging 19:35 in ice time this year compared to 16:31 last year....

It's not official, but there's a reasonable chance alternate captain Justin Abdelkader could return to the Wings lineup for Saturday's 7 p.m. tilt versus the Pittsburgh Penguins at Little Caesars Arena.

Abdelkader has missed the Wings' last 11 games with an upper-body injury after blocking a shot in the closing minutes of Detroit's 3-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Nov.10....

Daley, 36, skated with his teammates during Friday's practice.

"It was good to see Trevor," Blashill said. "Trevor stated to me he feels like he's doing really well but I think he was very, very cautious that the last time he started pushing it, he went backwards. So there's still that opportunity that that could happen but so far he's been making real progress forward.

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added 4:22pm, post-practice talk is below...

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