5 Red Wings players who must bring their A-Game in February to keep playoff hopes alive

The Detroit Red Wings could make their first playoff appearance in quite a while, but they will need a strong February to keep their momentum going.

Jan 25, 2024; Detroit, Michigan, USA;  Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) celebrates after
Jan 25, 2024; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) celebrates after / Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
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Robby Fabbri needs to keep putting consistent pucks in the net

Robby Fabbri hasn’t scored often, but he’s on his way to having his best season yet with the Red Wings. He’s also one of those players deeper in the team’s supporting cast and on the lower lines whose play could also make a larger impact on the team’s trajectory late in the season. 

This is because over the past season-and-a-half, Fabbri has been one of the Red Wings most accurate scorers, posting an astounding 24.4 shooting percentage and 20 goals. The latter number won’t impress everyone, but that isn’t the point. Instead, it’s the fact Detroit has someone on the bottom-six who has the potential to score at will, and that could be huge in the final two months of the season. 

In that year-and-a-half span, Fabbri has just 82 shots on goal, which averages to just 1.24 per game. From now until the regular season ends, he needs to get that number up to at least 1.5 per, if not higher, and the Red Wings will benefit. 

It’s also not like he’s a pass-first player, given his 24 giveaways in that span and 17 assists. And as far as this season goes, 2.0 in point shares, which is sixth on the team. Let’s see him shoot the puck more and watch Detroit further benefit from that production.