Fabbri disappointed to be scratched, determined to get back in lineup

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Robby Fabbri just wants what was his most of the season.

The Blues' second-year forward wants his job back.

After being a healthy scratch for the first time in his brief career Thursday during a 3-1 loss to the Nashville Predators, Fabbri was on the ice Friday for an optional practice at Nationwide Arena in preparation for the Blues' game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

"It's the last thing you want to happen," Fabbri said. "When they're not happy with your game and you're not too happy with your game either, there's stuff you've got to do to make sure you're not getting out of the lineup and make sure you're earning the spot and you're not giving them that option."

Fabbri, who has one goal and three assists in 14 games this season after a rookie season that saw him tally 18 goals and 19 assists in 72 games, has been one of the young players thrust into a more prominent role this season. That means he's playing against more impactful players and receiving more attention.

"I feel like there's spurts in games where I feel comfortable and I feel like I'm playing my game and being effective and then you go through spurts in games where I feel like I'm not," Fabbri said. "That's not something you can have, you've got to be consistent. You've got to be good every night. That's something I've got to work on.

"First time I've been scratched. It's definitely a different feeling, not a good feeling. I'm definitely going to do anything I can not to be put in this situation again."

So instead of pouting about it, Fabbri was back working on his game Friday and determined to gain the necessary edge so once he gets back in, he stays in.

"The worst thing you can do is hang your head over it," Fabbri said. "I had a good practice (Thursday), had a good workout, a good practice (Friday) and hopefully get the nod and come back faster, stronger and better."


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