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Duffer’s Dabbles: Red Wings Sophomore Suter Still Adjusting To NHL



Pius Suter, Red Wings
There are still numerous NHL teams sophomore Red Wings forward Pius Suter has yet to play.

Detroit Red Wings center Pius Suter is into his second season in the NHL. However, his lack of knowledge about the league remains the subject of good-natured banter within the confines of the Red Wings dressing room.

Last season, Suter played his rookie NHL season for the Chicago Blackhawks. Due to the confines of the COVID-19 caused division-only schedule, there were 23 teams that the first-year Swiss forward didn’t get to play against.

“Yeah, we joke a little bit about that for sure,” Pius Suter admitted. “Away games are going to be interesting compared to last year. It’s new players.”

Three games into the 2021-22 campaign, two of the clubs Detroit has faced – the Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets – were among the eight teams that Suter saw in action last season.

So far, the Vancouver Canucks are the only team he’s been able to cross off his list. He figures this unfamiliarity could prove to be a two-way street.

“It’s a good thing and a bad thing, because you don’t know them, which is sometimes harder because you don’t know how they act,” Suter explained. “But also they don’t know how you play, because they probably haven’t seen you much.

“It’s kind of on both sides, so you just try to take advantage of your side.”

Around The League

Pittsburgh: There’s good news in Penguins land. Both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are back skating.

Detroit: Rookie Lucas Raymond netted his first NHL goal in Tuesday’s 4-1 win over Columbus.

Vegas: Finally some hopeful tones on the injury front for the Golden Knights. Captain Mark Stone won’t require surgery.

Vancouver: Just as the Canucks were welcoming forward Brock Boeser back from sick bay, defenseman Quinn Hughes was missing from Tuesday’s loss to Buffalo due to a mystery ailment.

Florida: Goalie Spencer Knight improved to 5-0 in NHL regular-season play as the Panthers dumped the Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning.