from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,
Consistency remains an issue for the Red Wings. They have shown signs of becoming a highly competitive team, but they haven’t been able to maintain the same level of play.
But the team has positives to lean on as Detroit players practice Tuesday in preparation for Wednesday’s game at Pittsburgh. Here are five factors to consider about coach Derek Lalonde’s team heading into that road game.
1. Robby Fabbri Coming Off Injured List
The Red Wings have been targeting New Year’s for his return from knee surgery. It is not unthinkable that he might play Wednesday against the Pens or Friday against the Ottawa Senators.
His spunkiness and gritty play around the net should give the Red Wings a lift. Fabbri had 17 goals in 56 games last season. That essentially means the Red Wings are adding a 20-goal scorer back in the lineup.
2. Vrana Should Be Ready to Play
Lalonde has said there’s no timetable for Jakub Vrana to get back in the lineup. He hasn’t played in two months because he entered the NHL/NHL Players Association Players Assistance program. He is back practicing with the time. The Red Wings worked him pretty hard in his last practice.
Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News on Jake Walman,