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03/18/2019 at 5:31pm EDT

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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As he develops his two-way game, the Wings want Dylan Larkin, 21, to learn from Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (22 goals, 22 assists, plus-24 in 45 games). Bergeron, 32, is a leading Selke trophy candidate (best defensive forward) and should be in the running for the Hart trophy (regular-season MVP).

“He has to be one of the best players in the league the way he plays a two-way game,” Blashill said. “Never gets scored on, and produces lots of offense. That’s what Zetterberg and (Pavel) Datsyuk did here for years. When you have center men that are as complete as those are, that’s big-time winning hockey.

“Larks and I talked about Bergeron as a great example of a guy to really emulate how he doesn’t give up anything, but creates tons.”

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