Kulfan’s game-day notebook: Fabbri’s line needs to step up

The Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan filed a game-day notebook this afternoon, discussing the Red Wings’ need to find some secondary scoring from the second line of Robby Fabbri, Pius Suter and Filip Zadina:

“The top line has done a great job for us, keeping us in and winning games,” [Robby] Fabbri said. “It’s up to the other nine or 10 forwards that get in to help out. It starts with burying your chances.”

Fabbri, now in his third season with the Wings, was expected to be a major contributor this season. But with three goals and five assists (eight points), Fabbri has been off his expected pace.

“I put a lot of pressure on myself to be part of that secondary scoring,” Fabbri said. “It hasn’t been going in right now, but the line has been confident with the chances we’ve been getting, with what we’ve been creating. We just got to stick with it and eventually it will go in.”

The positive is, the Suter line has been getting chances with a good number of shots on net, and quality scoring opportunities, at that. But it still hasn’t resulted in enough offense.

“As a line we’re getting about 10 shots a game; you’re pretty happy with that to start,” Fabbri said. “What we’re creating from our D-zone to the offensive zone, it’s been great. Just working on getting the puck over the (goal) line.”


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