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A Healthy Roster Means A More Competitive Team

02/07/2021 at 9:44am EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

As the Detroit Red Wings get healthier, so may their record.

Over the past week, the Wings have regained five players who tested positive for COVID-19 the first week of the season. As those players, a group that includes top-six forwards Filip Zadina and Robby Fabbri and defenseman Jon Merrill, regain their game-shape, the Wings (2-8-2 ) are hopeful they can end an eight-game winless skid Sunday when they take on the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center.

Part of that optimism rests on delivering a competitive effort Friday against the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning that ended with a 3-1 loss.

“Everybody is going to have to go through it in some fashion with COVID, that’s just the way it is going to be,’ Bobby Ryan said after Saturday’s practice. “But as you get guys healthy and you get guys into game speed and form, we can certainly build. That’s the thing — good hockey, winning hockey, is always repeatable. It’s just about doing the little things, the little details, over and over again. That’s why teams like Boston have success every year. They do all the things right for 60 minutes.


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