Robby Fabbri-lous

Detroit Red Wings center Robby Fabbri greets teammates after scoring during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo)

It just rolls right off the tongue.

Robby Fabbri scored two goals on two shots in his debut with the Red Wings on Friday night. Both were on the power play, and both were set up by Tyler Bertuzzi, his former teammate in juniors -- how does Fabbruzzi sound?

It sounds great, and delicious in a weird way.

Anyway, what a nice little Friday night for the Red Wings, and for us fans. The whole team looked energized and hungry against a very good Boston Bruins squad. I was re-watching the game Saturday morning (Sidenote: I had a TV outage at my house Friday night, so I missed a good chunk of the game live, but I did not throw an adult tantrum in front of my kids ... I swear 😉) ... anyway, while re-watching the game I realized how long it’s been since we’ve seen a 60-minute, 200-foot effort like this from the Red Wings. Heck, even Jonathan Bernier was flashing his glove and leaping around his crease like he’s not in his 30s.

The team looked so much different, and you have to hand it to them. It can be one heck of a confidence destroyer to lose 12 of 13 games, getting outscored significantly the entire stretch. To finally get it together at home, against the Bruins, with the new guy filling the scoresheet on the power play, that’s special. Led once again by Dylan Larkin, the Red Wings played with true heart despite all the snickering and criticism about how horrible of a team they have been. It’s what they call a character win. There are teams with twice as much talent (*Leafs, cough, Leafs*) that are dying for as much heart and determination shown by the lowly Red Wings Friday night.

While Fabbri made Steve Yzerman look like a genius (I mean, he is), the rest of the team collectively made Jeff Blashill look like a real coach for the first time in way too long. People were calling for this guy’s job all week, and they probably still are. This should silence them for a day, or two.

Now, let’s enjoy that victory, but not get too excited. We know this team still has a lot of work to do if they want to win more than they lose -- primarily on defense.

-- Dave | dbartkowiak@wdiv.com 👍😎


Earlier this week I wrote about how the Red Wings have been the worst 60-minute team in the league. I threw together three graphs showing how they actually haven’t been that terrible in the first half of games. I mean, it’s been obvious, but the data makes it look even worse. Check it out.

Coming up 📅

The next Wings game is 5 p.m. Sunday against the Vegas Golden Knights. It’s the first of two meetings between the teams this season -- the next one is in March. Vegas is one of the deepest teams in the West. They can beat you in all areas of the game, which makes them a very scary team with serious playoff expectations.

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