Detroit Red Wings: Robby Fabbri to be sidelined longer than expected

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Well, as I’ve said in the past. Death, taxes, and Robby Fabbri on the shelf. Detroit Red Wings head coach Derek Lalonde mentioned that the veteran forward will be out for at least a month with a lower-body injury.

Fabbri, 27, suffered a lower-body injury during Detroit’s season opener in New Jersey. He scored in the contest. The initial thought had been that it was a day-to-day situation with the forward that can’t seem to remain healthy. After further testing, he is expected to be out for at least four weeks.

Lalonde mentioned that it was a true day-to-day injury, but after various practices and skating sessions, he wasn’t responding as well as the organization initially hoped. That prompted the Detroit Red Wings to do more testing, and they found something they did ‘not like,’ which will keep him out of the lineup for much longer than anticipated.

Detroit Red Wings forward Robby Fabbri is expected to be sidelined for a month with a lower-body injury.

"“We dug into it a little deeper with some medical testing,” Lalonde said.“It happened late in New Jersey. He skated the next day. We almost played him the next game. It was a true day-to-day and then as it didn’t respond well throughout the week with those skates, they did some deeper testing and found something that they did not like, so he’s going to be out one month.”"

As you know by now, Fabbri has torn his knee (ACL) three times, and of course, each required surgery (twice on his left knee and once on the right). As a precaution, the Detroit Red Wings elected to shut down Fabbri down the stretch over the final month-plus last year, and he had a preventive procedure done to a knee where they went in to ‘clean up’ some things. Although the Detroit Red Wings are not saying exactly what the injury is, Lalonde mentioned that it is a lower-body issue, not a knee. So, I suppose that is good news, understanding the extent of his injury history.

Fabbri joined the Detroit Red Wings back in 2019-20 via trade. This will be the fifth season he’s been a part of the organization. He’s played 167 games with Detroit, totaling 49 goals and 96 points while averaging just over 17 minutes of ice time per night. He’s maintained a 15.2% shooting percentage while skating to a minus-50 rating.

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