Detroit Red Wings remain paused amid returns from COVID-19 list

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The Detroit Red Wings have not played a game since December 18th, when they would pick up a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Since then, a lot has happened, and the Red Wings have not even played a game when their season was paused.

The Detroit Red Wings, like many others, have had to deal with many issues in the last ten days and are not out of the water yet. There have been many COVID-19 problems where players are being exiled to the health and safety protocols.

As the holidays drew near, the Red Wings had their season paused and were off until the holidays came and went. However, more postponements followed, and the Red Wings got hit once again.

The most recent reports say that the Detroit Red Wings will be off the ice until December 31st, when they take on the Washington Capitals in a New Year’s Eve matchup. When it comes to the Red Wings season, they are getting players back and healthy but are still struggling.

The Detroit Red Wings remain shut down until New Year’s Eve.

While the league has started this return to play back up, it has not gone well. They have re-enacted some things like the taxi squad and eased options for teams to fill out their roster amid COVID-19 absences.

However, things are not perfect, and teams are still struggling to fill a roster out from top to bottom. The relief certainly helps, but there are still issues that lead to teams ending up with their seasons being paused time after time.

The Red Wings are starting to get staff and players back, though. Head coach Jeff Blashill was able to clear protocols and will be able to return to being the team’s bench boss when they show up if it is indeed on New Year’s Eve when they return.

Beyond Blashill, they are getting some players back as well. Robby Fabbri and Michael Rasmussen have returned from the health and safety protocols after being in the first group that was sidelined from testing positive for COVID-19.

The Red Wings are moving in the right direction, and the break does suck not to have the Red Wings on the ice. But, this extra time off will allow more players and the rest of the coaching and support staff to get healthy.

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So, fans who are looking for their regular dose of Red Wings hockey will have to wait a few more days until things back up before the calendar year flips to 2022.