Detroit Red Wings: Robby Fabbri continues to trend toward a return

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The Detroit Red Wings have been without Robby Fabbri for the last three games after he sustained an injury during the team’s win over the Chicago Blackhawks over a week ago. He has been off the ice dealing with a lower-body injury after leaving the contest early against the Blackhawks.

The Detroit Red Wings were optimistic about Fabbri and his injury, and it sounds like that might pay off. Fabbri skated alone on Thursday before practice and is inching toward a return. Things are trending in the right direction, a bonus for the Red Wings, avoiding any long-term absence from Fabbri.

Fabbri took an awkward hit and was driven into the boards before he got up and tried to test out the leg before leaving the game with an injury. He was unable to return to the ice after getting checked out and was then ruled out for the home-and-home against the Boston Bruins.

Fabbri also missed more time when the team traveled to Nashville on Tuesday. But with the time off ahead of their ramp-up again, the Red Wings are hopeful for Fabbri. The Red Wings season may not hinge on Fabbri being in the lineup, but it would be nice to have him back.

Detroit Red Wings forward Robby Fabbri is nearing a return.

After all, a three-game absence, or even a few more, is better than another ACL tear for Fabbri. He’s no stranger to those, as he has had two of them in his career, including one during his time with the Red Wings back in March of 2022.

He was able to get back on the ice and get healthy once again, fully recovering. Fabbri has played in 28 games during the 2022-23 season, with seven goals and nine assists for 16 total points.

Fabbri signed a three-year, $12 million contract extension that kicked in this season, and there’s still reason to believe that he can be a valuable piece to what the Red Wings are building toward. Even though in the last three seasons, Fabbri has played in just 114 games (of 205 possible), he’s got plenty to offer.

Getting him back on the ice to finish the 2022-23 season strong would be a good thing. While the Red Wings’ postseason hopes have been melted already, there’s reason to keep trying to play meaningful games.

The Red Wings must cross the finish line sprinting rather than coasting and taking their foot off the gas. This team is not far from playing meaningful games late in the Spring, and 2023-24 is another chance, so all hands on deck to finish strong is the way to go.

Hopefully, that means that Fabbri will be able to get back on the ice and back in the lineup soon to help the Red Wings finish strong in 2022-23.

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