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Confidence Building

04/03/2019 at 8:18am EDT

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings are learning the confidence to close teams out, good teams, too.

Most importantly, it’s the players who headline the rebuild who are doing the putting way: Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, Tyler Bertuzzi and Andreas Athanasiou.

The Wings head to Pittsburgh for a rematch with the playoff positioning Penguins with a six-game winning streak most recently padded with a victory against the Penguins. The Wings have won seven of their last eight games, a stretch where Mantha has seven goals and seven assists, Bertuzzi has five goals and nine assists, Larkin has five goals and six assists and Athanasiou has six goals and five assists.

“There are other guys here clicking and we’re winning and we’re having a lot of fun,” Larkin said after Tuesday’s 4-1 victory at Little Caesars Arena. “Before every game the message has been to build for next year and that’s got to be for us the exciting part — we’re building chemistry against good teams, at home, on the road, different situations. It’s been a lot of fun. We’re doing it for a purpose and we’re doing it for next year so we’re not in this position heading home April 6.”


Below, in one video watch Larkin, Bertuzzi, Howard and Blashill after last night's game plus extended game highlights.

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