Detroit Red Wings benefitting as they start to get players back from injury

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The Detroit Red Wings are doing a good job competing and staying in the hunt as the 2021-22 season continues. They currently sit 21-21-6 over 48 games played with 48 points which is only seven back of the Boston Bruins, who are fourth in the Atlantic Division.

As the Detroit Red Wings continue on, they are looking to stay competitive and try to finish the season on a high note which will be tough not to do given the positive things that have happened thus far.

Moving forward, something that helps this cause be the return of players who are currently on the injured reserve and have been off the ice. Whether it’s been a week or several months, the Red Wings are getting healthy, and it might just be what the Red Wings need to try and get going on a run.

They may not be missing their star players, which is for the better, but some of their role players are missing and can help fill gaps and allow for better results overall. Getting guys back on the ice will only help the Red Wings overall.

The Detroit Red Wings are benefitting from injured players returning.

One of the first players slated to make a return soon is Mitchell Stephens, who Steve Yzerman brought in during the offseason. He’s been a role-filler and ice-time eater in the bottom-six but allows the Red Wings to have some extra depth.

Beyond that, there is a defenseman who was poised for a big season in 2021-22 that had things cut short due to a wrist injury. But now, Troy Stecher is slated for a return soon and should be able to graduate off the Red Wings injury report soon.

Stecher may end up taking some ice time away from Jordan Oesterle, who has been money for the team in recent games, but there was a lot of buzz and excitement around Stecher. He’s not the only one, though.

Forward Jakub Vrána is expected to be back in the Red Wings lineup soon. He has been practicing in a non-contact jersey and could end up getting the “all clear” to keep progressing his rehab sooner than later.

Getting Vrána back in the Red Wings forward core will be huge for them and might just light a fire under some of the other forwards and help the team tap into some offense.

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As the Red Wings continue to get players back, it seems like it could end up being a very beneficial timeline for them, all things considered.