Starting the season with a 4-12-1 record, the Detroit Red Wings needed to find a way to stop the bleeding and ignite a spark, and more importantly, some offense. In turn, they acquired Robby Fabbri from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Jacob de la Rose on Wednesday to bring chance to the lineup. They got it right away.
In his first game with his new club, the 2019 Stanley Cup champion scored twice for Detroit in Friday’s game against the Boston Bruins.
Slotting in on the first power-play unit, he was able to connect with Todd Bertuzzi and Anthony Mantha bang-bang play and score one-time feed from Bertuzzi late in the first period to make it 2-1 for the Red Wings.
His second goal came at the beginning of the second period and again, on the man advantage and on yet another one-timer from Bertuzzi.
Fabbri is just the seventh player in Detroit team history to score at least twice in his team debut and the second in 34 years, as per NHL PR.
While it’s just one game, this is good sign for the Wings. Detroit is currently last in the league right now in goals for per game (2.06) and has been outscored 23-8 over its last five games, while also losing its last four games, falling in each by at least four goals. The power play also needed fixing, with the team operating at a fourth-worst 12.7 percent at 5-on-4.
To start 2019-20, Fabbri had just one goal through the first nine games of the year and is coming off a 2018-19 campaign where he scored just six points in 32 games. However, the 23-year-old is still young and has shown his potential to contribute bottom-6 numbers, something the Red Wings desperately need if they want to get scoring from all four lines and save the season before it’s too late.