NHL Hockey

Final 1 2 3 Tot
Columbus 3 1 0 4
Detroit 0 0 3 3
4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ETNaN:� BRT, January 14, 2023
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 19,515

Robby Fabbri, Red Wings aim to sweep homestand vs. Blue Jackets

Columbus Blue Jackets at Detroit Red Wings

  1. The Red Wings have won the two games they've played versus the Blue Jackets this season (6-1 on Nov. 19, 4-2 on Dec. 4), both in Columbus. They have not won three games in a row against the Blue Jackets since 2012 (Jan. 21-March 26).
  2. The Blue Jackets' current 10-game road losing streak is the longest in franchise history and the longest by any NHL team since the Devils lost their final 11 road games in 2016-17.
  3. Joonas Korpisalo's loss to the Hurricanes on Thursday was the 200th game of his NHL/Blue Jackets career. The other goaltenders who've played 200 or more games for Columbus are Sergei Bobrovsky (374), Marc Denis (266) and Steve Mason (232).
  4. Since December 1, the Red Wings are 7-0-0 in games in which they scored four or more goals and 0-9-2 when they scored no more than three goals.
  5. Lucas Raymond tallied one goal and two assists in each of the Red Wings' last two games. He's the first Detroit player to score at least three points in each of two consecutive team games since Anthony Mantha in the Red Wings' first two games of the 2019-20 season.
  6. Robby Fabbri has scored a goal in each of three consecutive team games for only the second time in his NHL career. He did that for the Blues as a rookie in December 2015. Fabbri's last two goals were game-winners. It's the first time a Detroit player scored the winning goal in consecutive team games since Fabbri did so on March 16-18, 2021.

Robby Fabbri has given the Detroit Red Wings a spark.

Fabbri has scored in three consecutive appearances, and the Red Wings will look to finish off a successful homestand with another victory when they host Columbus on Saturday.

Fabbri made his season debut on Jan. 4 after recovering from a torn ACL in his right knee that he injured last March. He didn't get a point that night but has since scored every time he's been in the lineup.

He had a goal in a loss to Florida last Friday, then sat out the second game of a back-to-back. He contributed a goal in Detroit's 7-5 victory over Winnipeg, the opener of a three-game homestand. He scored again on Thursday as the Wings topped Toronto 4-1, Detroit's first regulation victory over the Maple Leafs in the last 16 meetings.

Fabbri is even a little surprised at how quickly he's made an impact after the third serious knee injury during his career.

"Goals are coming and I'm not going to complain about that," Fabbri said. "But getting them in wins definitely feels much better."

The Wings dropped three straight prior to the short homestand, scoring a total of four goals in those losses.

"He was kind of the forgotten, injured guy because it was projected he'd be back in the new year, but as a coaching staff we were anxiously awaiting him back," coach Derek Lalonde said. "He has bite, he's brought energy and just helps our depth throughout our lines. He's pitched in three goals on a team that struggles to finish (offensively)."

Moritz Seider and Lucas Raymond have also been major contributions in the last two games. Seider, who won the league's Rookie of the Year award last season, had a career-high four assists against the Jets, then added a power-play goal against the Maple Leafs.

Raymond has contributed a goal and two assists in each of the victories after failing to notch more than two points in any other game this season.

Lalonde was also impressed by how his team's defense tightened up after playing loosely against Winnipeg.

"We didn't give up a ton, a more complete game," he said. "We had a five-on-five game, we won the special teams, and we flipped a tight game. A very good win for us."

Detroit has already defeated Columbus twice in the three-game season series, with Ville Husso giving up a total of just three goals in those contests.

The Blue Jackets have lost 12 of their last 14 games, including their last three outings. They were thumped at home by Carolina on Thursday, 6-2.

Columbus was outshot 29-11 and outscored 4-1 in the last two periods.

"For us to play that way for two periods, you just can't win," Blue Jackets coach Brad Larsen said. "We've got to simplify things. The second period was just way too cute again, the turnovers, especially against that team."

The Hurricanes scored a short-handed goal in the second period, which proved pivotal.

"The power play is supposed to create momentum," forward Johnny Gaudreau said. "Whether you score or don't score, you want momentum."

Columbus has a 1-5 record this month.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 13, 2023

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