Detroit Red Wings

Red Wings Fighting Covid

Red Wings Fighting Covid
Paul Sancya, AP

Until recently, the Red Wings fairly well this season. But all of a sudden the Red Wings are fighting covid and it’s affecting their play on the ice. In the month of December, they have only picked up 6 of the available 14 points. Valid the schedule wasn’t too kind to them with a back-to-back in St Louis and in Colorado the following night. Their recent string of covid cases made that little road trip and the rest of their games rather difficult.

The Outbreak

For most of their December games, the Red Wings were without a few key players. Marc Staal and Danny DeKeyser were noticeably absent from the blue line. Even with DeKeyser back in the lineup he clearly wasn’t 100%. Before he was on covid leave he was consistently around 20 minutes on the ice, and since then he has broken 18 minutes once. It’s clear the team could use both of them healthy and in top shape to help defend the net. Along with those two, Detroit was without one of its top scorers in Tyler Bertuzzi. Maybe the break was good for him though as he hadn’t found the back of the net since November 7th and in his second game back got his 10th of the season.

With those three now back, the Red Wings were ready to get rolling again, until the news broke Wednesday that Robby Fabbri and Michael Rasmussen would be out due to covid. Fabbri was just starting to heat up, picking up 3 goals in their last four games. He also just signed a 3-year extension with the team before testing positive. His energetic play will be missed. Rasmussen had also just recently gotten some momentum. Scoring his third goal of the season in his last game before testing positive. The Red Wings have called upon Taro Hirose and Kyle Criscuolo from the Grand Rapids Griffins to fill in these holes.

The Good News

Even though they may be down a few players, there are still some positives. As mentioned before multiple times, the Red Wings are an organization full of youth and players who can step up. They still sit just inside the wildcard spot for the Eastern Conference. On top of that, the Colorado Avalanche who they’re supposed to play on Monday, December 20th, has come down a lot harder with covid and has already postponed that game. That is possibly one less game they’ll be without Fabbri and Rasmussen depending on when they reschedule it fore. That’s also an extra day to rest or get practice time in before starting a road trip. As this season continues on we can expect to see more players have to sit out their 10 days, but lucky for the Wings they look like they’ll be ok even in the middle of their rebuild.

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