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from Arthur J. Regner of the Wings website,

As the Red Wings play out their final 10 games of the season they are steadfast on closing out the campaign by establishing a solid winning foundation for next year.

"We had a meeting this morning about things we weren't good enough in in the Islanders game. We got to keep getting better as individuals and keep getting better as a team. We want to be better than where we're at today," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said after Monday's practice at the BELFOR Training Center. "To do that, you have to get better. I thought in the Islanders game we did some things offensively and created a good amount, probably enough to win a hockey game. (But) we gave up way too many chances, so we go to keep growing.

"We got to grow as individuals and grow as a hockey team. Some guys are (in) new spots, some guys are new to the team, some guys haven't had tons of opportunity. So now here's more opportunity. So, keep proving what you're about and as a team let's keep growing."

Within the last week Detroit has signed three college players in free agents Ryan Kuffner (Princeton) and Taro Hirose (Michigan State), along with Chase Pearson, the Wings fifth round draft pick, 140th overall, from the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, who attended Maine.

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