Goaltender Thomas Greiss will be back with the Detroit Red Wings tonight when they play the Ottawa Senators. He hasn’t played since he was injured March 24 against the New York Islanders. The Red Wings returned goalie Victor Brattstrom to Grand Rapids on Thursday.
Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said injured center Mitchell Stephens is progressing to the point of getting back before the end of the season.
“He’s practicing with us,” Blashill said. “I think he’s gaining confidence he’s skating good. He’s been in a good spot that way. We just got to get his balance between his two legs back to where he’s not putting himself into any risk of other injuries because there’s an imbalance. It’s just going to take a little bit of time that way. But I anticipate him playing.”
Stephens, 25, came from the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Red Wings thought he would be a regular in the team’s bottom-six forwards. But he has only played 16 games this season. He will be a restricted free agent this summer and probably will be back.
The news isn’t as good for Carter Rowney who was injured blocking a shot against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He played only 5:33 minutes that night.
“There’s a decent chance that Rowns will miss the remainder of the season,” Blashill said.
Rowney, 32, will be an unrestricted free agent and probably won’t be back.
Blashill was asked whether Robby Fabbri has had knee surgery yet. He tore his ACL March 10 against Minnesota.
“He’s in the process of it,” Blashill said. “I would say he’s into rehab. Let me get a clear take from our medical staff so I can give you just exactly how it went. The timeline is the timeline and there isn’t one yet. It’s going to be a significant amount of time for him to come back. The good thing for Robby is he knows what to do and how to train and how to get back from these. Still feel really bad for him that he’s going through this again, but that sometimes is life and I think he’s got a great attitude and ready to attack it and come back stronger than ever.”
He said the recovery won’t necessarily go into next season.
“It’s going to be right at that edge if not into it.”