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Czarnik and Luff Head Back to Grand Rapids Griffins



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Austin Czarnik was returned to the Grand Rapids Griffins today

The Detroit Red Wings provided evidence that their injury situation is improving when they returned Matt Luff and Austin Czarnik to the Grand Rapids Griffins Wednesday.

That would suggest that Robby Fabbri and the other Red Wings with minor injuries are ready to play. The Red Wings don’t play again until Saturday.

Czarnik was called up March 10 and played three games in place of the injured Fabbri. Czarnik played roughly seven to nine minutes and didn’t register a point. Luff was called up this week on an emergency recall because the Red Wings have three unidentified players nursing minor injuries. He didn’t play Tuesday against the Nashville Predators because the players all were able to play in the game.

Fabbri suffered a lower body injury March 8 on a hit by Chicago Blackhawks forward Tyler Johnson. The Red Wings were initially concerned because Fabbri has had three major knee surgeries in his career. One of those kept him sidelined this season until Jan. 4. But subsequent medical evaluations showed Fabbri would not be out for an extended period with this injury.

Fabbri is a high energy player that seems to fuel the Red Wings when he is in the lineup.

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The Griffins play their next game Thursday on the road against the Cleveland Monsters. Luff and Czarnik have been key performers for the Griffins.  Since his return from injury in late January, Luff has 15 points in 20 games (4-11—15) and is  on a five-game point streak (2-4—6), which is one game shy of tying his career high. Through 25 games with the Griffins, the Windsor, Ontario, native has 23 points (7-16—23) and six penalty minutes.

Czarnik, 30, is third on the Griffins roster with 36 points (13-23—36) in 42 games this season.