NHL News: Red Wings extend Fabbri, Canucks winning, Rangers and Avs rematch

Robby Fabbri extension
Dec 7, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Robby Fabbri (14) celebrates after he scored on Nashville Predators goaltender David Rittich (33) in the second period at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Red Wings announced the extension of forward Robby Fabbri on Monday evening.

Fabbri, 25, is in his third season with Detroit and has recorded 14 points in 28 games this season. The former first round pick (21st overall) of the St. Louis Blues in 2014 has registered 136 points in 274 contests.

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Red Wings extend Robby Fabbri

Detroit acquired Fabbri via trade in 2019 for center Jacob de la Rose. In 110 games with the Red Wings, Fabbri has ranked third on the team in scoring over that time with 63 points.

Per the team’s website, Fabbri’s contract extension is for three years with an annual average salary of $4 million.

Canucks going for five in a row

The Vancouver Canucks are playing some of their best hockey of the season under new coach Bruce Boudreau.

Whether it’s good enough to end their recent struggles against the Columbus Blue Jackets remains to be seen.

The Canucks aim to remain undefeated in five games with Boudreau at the helm on Tuesday night, when they’ll also try to avoid a fifth consecutive loss to the visiting Blue Jackets.

Vancouver won back-to-back contests only twice in its first 25 games of the season. But, since Boudreau replaced Travis Green – who was fired amid somewhat of a front-office shakeup on Dec. 5 — the Canucks have won four straight, all at home. That made Boudreau — who served stints coaching Washington, Anaheim and Minnesota — the first coach in Canucks’ history to win his first four games.

“Let’s go for five,” said Boudreau, whose club still resides in the bottom half of the Western Conference with 26 points. “We’re behind the eight ball. We’ve got to keep going after it.”

The Canucks have given up five total goals since Boudreau took the reins of the club. Thatcher Demko, who has stopped 128 of 133 shots faced while starting all four during the winning streak, made 28 saves in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. It was Vancouver’s sixth win in seven games.

Rangers look for payback against the Avs

Rangers vs Avs
Dec 8, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba (8) fights Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

One of the top matchups on today’s schedule is a rematch between two of the NHL’s top teams in New York and Colorado.

Tuesday will be a rematch of Colorado’s 7-3 win in New York on Wednesday. Tempers flared in that one after the Rangers’ Jacob Trouba delivered a hard hit to Nathan MacKinnon, who went to the locker room but returned later.

Landeskog dropped the gloves with Trouba.

It isn’t the only time this season Trouba has delivered a hard check. His hit on Chicago’s Jujhar Khaira the night before the Avalanche game sent the Blackhawks forward to the hospital and into concussion protocol.

Trouba also had an open-ice hit on Nashville’s Luke Kunin on Sunday night.

Trouba defended his physical play, saying he isn’t trying to injure opposing players.

“You take a hit when it comes. It’s just part of the game,” Trouba said. “I wouldn’t say I’m thinking about hitting people before the game starts. It just presented itself three games out of the last four. When the physicality is there, it’s there.”

Landeskog won’t be available for a rematch, but the Avalanche have shown they can be physical, too. After Jacob MacDonald was knocked out of Sunday’s game with a hard hit, the team delivered some hard checks on the Panthers.

–Field Level Media contributed to this article