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After Practice Talk

11/09/2022 at 12:55pm EST

Videos when available will be added below. added 1:07pm, below find Pius Suter after today's practice along with Derek Lalonde.

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Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

For a team trying to prove itself, the Detroit Red Wings' baseline growth, early as it is in the season, is an encouraging sign.

They take a four-game point streak (3-0-1) into Thursday's matchup against the New York Rangers, whom the Wings just rallied to defeat in overtime last weekend. That victory, and Tuesday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens in which the Wings earned a point after trailing in the third period, showed signs of a resilience they have lacked in recent seasons.

"I think we’re improving as a team," forward Adam Erne said. "We have a high standard for ourselves and we know what we are capable of. We believe in our systems and the way we are playing. Everyone likes it and when you have everyone on board, it just makes it that much easier."...

"I think it’s a credit to our guys showing a little maturity already in sticking to the game, sticking to what we’re trying to do and what we’re trying to be, and not chasing it," coach Derek Lalonde said. "These last two games were perfect examples. Both periods, first periods, we probably deserved a better fate. Both periods, we were down. And we just stuck with it.

"In this league, the percentages of even pointing going into the third trailing, are low. The fact we did that is a good sign. So yeah. But I still want to be cautious. It’s just a small sample size. We’re still going to go through bumps. I’d love to keep it at this level all year, but we’re going to be fighting for that consistency."

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Paul

from Nate Brown of Detroit Hockey Now,

It was just over seven months ago that Cross Hanas inked an entry-level deal with the Detroit Red Wings. At the time, Hanas referred to it as a “weight off his shoulders.”

Now he’s throwing his weight around in the American Hockey League. Through today, Hanas is tied for second among all rookies with five goals while leading the Griffins as well. Hanas’ ascent through the Red Wings pipeline continues as he asserts himself on a team full of prospects knocking on the NHL’s door....

He’s finding that he’s making big steps early in just the first ten games,” Simon said. “He’s playing with the puck, and away from the puck. The biggest strength is that he’s consistent at the team level. He’s competitive. He’s got the practice habits. I think all the guys have been receptive to our teaching, to the constructive criticisms, to wanting to get better every day.”

Paying attention to those little details–along with putting in the work–is paying off handsomely. Essentially, Simon explains that Hanas’ adjustment to a more well rounded game on the ice has resulted in more chances for Hanas to find success.

“He’s going toward the puck and supporting the puck more,” Simon said. “To play with the puck more, you have to be more sound defensively. If you take care of things on the defensive side of things, you’ll have the puck more.”

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