Detroit Red Wings forward Bobby Ryan was injured in Sunday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He left the game and did not return with an upper-body injury. Head coach Jeff Blashill says he did not believe the injury is serious, but now it’s been revealed that he’ll be done for the rest of the year.
Coach Blashill says Fabbri, Gagner, Nemeth are out tomorrow and that Bobby Ryan (upper body) is expected to be out for the remainder of the season.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) April 9, 2021
Forward Bobby Ryan Injured, Will Miss Season
Arguably the most valuable acquisition for the Red Wings, Ryan has been playing well this season. Through 32 games, Ryan has scored seven goals and has seven assists, for 14 points. While these may not be the most impressive numbers, it worth remembering that he’s playing on the worst team in the Central Division. The 33-year-old has played for three teams in his 14-year career. In those years, he’s played 865 games, scored 261 goals and dished out 308 assists, combining for 569 points.
Ryan is a depth player that has fit in well in Detroit. Playing significant minutes on the left wing, he’s been playing meaningful hockey for the Red Wings. He has a relative Corsi of 1.1, good for the top ten on the team. He’s fit his role well as a physical player, with some points thrown in the mix. Especially playing alongside young star Dylan Larkin, Ryan does not need to score the most goals. Coming off an incredibly difficult season in Ottawa, his improvement in Detroit has been extremely impressive.
While the Red Wings are in the last place in the Central Division, they are still trying to be relevant. Losing Bobby Ryan to injury is not a good sign, however. Fresh off a sweep of the Blue Jackets, the Red Wings are looking to continue that momentum against the Florida Panthers. With Aaron Ekblad awkwardly going into the boards and injured, the Red Wings have a shot at winning. However, they are still an incredibly weak team, so a win will be difficult.
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