Robby Fabbri missing from Red Wings bench in 2nd period.
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Robby Fabbri missing from Red Wings bench in 2nd period.

A possible cause for concern for the Red Wings as the often injured Robby Fabbri has gone missing.

Jonathan Larivee

The Detroit Red Wings may have cause to be concerned on Saturday night.

Although nothing has officially been announced as of yet, keen observers have noticed that veteran forward Robby Fabbri is notably absent from the bench in the second period after playing in the first. In fact Fabbri appeared to be in fine form during the early going, even assisting on a power play goal from Red Wings defenseman Mortiz Seider a little over halfway through the first frame.

Red Wings play by play commentator Ken Daniels reported during the course of tonight's preseason game that Fabbri had not played during the second period, but the reality is that Fabbri never came out for the second period at all.

In a situation like this alarm bells immediately start to sound in the minds of fans given that Fabbri has been unable to stay healthy throughout his career in the NHL, never even coming close to playing a full season as a member of the Red Wings. In fact during his fourt seasons with the Red Wings thus far Fabbri has appeared in 52, 30, 56, and 28 games respectively, a very far cry from a full 82 games season.

The Red Wings now find themselves a man short on the bench, but far more important than that is whether or not we may be dealing with another serious injury situation for Fabbri here.

Update: We now have confirmation of an "upper-body" injury... not good.