COVID-19 protocol claims 2 Detroit Red Wings players

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The Detroit Red Wings certainly do not want to go without members of their roster any longer than they have to. But the recent uptick in positive COVID-19 tests across the entire sports world has led to many absences.

It’s not even just the Detroit Red Wings; it’s many teams around the league and all the sports leagues in the big four who are playing. But, Wednesday’s testing has led to the announcement of two Red Wings being put into COVID-19 protocols.

After recently getting a contract extension, forward Robby Fabbri will head into the protocols after testing positive. Joining him will be Michael Rasmussen, who also tested positive and will head into the health and safety protocols.

The Red Wings are slated for a matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes today that was deemed a “go” yesterday. There was some concern following the Hurricanes, many players being in the protocols as well. However, the Red Wings will be able to call up reinforcements to fill the absences easily.

 The Detroit Red Wings lose two more players to COVID-19 protocols.

Without Fabbri and Rasmussen, the Red Wings are going to have to dig deep for some offense. While the Red Wings have been able to steer clear of significant COVID-19 postponements and protocol issues, the league has seen a considerable uptick in cases.

But, for the time being, they will be able to get by with a few call-ups from the minors. The Red Wings announced that minor-league forward Kyle Criscuolo and former Michigan State Spartans forward Taro Hirose will join the team in Carolina.

Here’s the team’s update from Twitter.

The Red Wings have been able to keep things running smoothly this year, but it’s certainly worrisome that the COVID-19 positive tests are on the rise around the league. It begs the question to be asked of how will the league continue to cope with all of these cases and tests being on the rise?

It’s really unfortunate to think about postponements, but the Red Wings have to be careful to avoid this. Its been a few players here and a few players there lately, but they have to be careful to prevent a massive outbreak in the team’s locker room.

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The situation around the league and other major sports is certainly something to keep an eye on. With Ontario reducing NHL teams capacity to 50%, it certainly makes for a challenging situation. One that could wind up being a big deal down the line.