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After consecutive losses, Detroit recalls AHL scoring leader Nyquist

Mar 12, 2013, 11:24 AM EDT

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After dropping two straight games to the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Detroit Red Wings sent LW Tomas Tatar to AHL Grand Rapids and recalled Gustav Nyquist.

Nyquist, 23, has only appeared in two games for Detroit this season but has been a dynamic scorer at the American League level, registering 23G-37A-60PTS in 57 games for the Rapids.

He’s three points clear of Syracuse’s Tyler Johnson for the AHL scoring lead despite appearing in two fewer games.

Tatar, 22, has appeared in 18 games for the Wings this season, registering 4G-3A-7PTS while averaging 11:22 per night.

He scored the lone goal in Detroit’s 2-1 shootout loss to Chicago on Mar. 3 but has been pointless since, going minus-1 in the last two games against Columbus while receiving just 20 total minutes.

The move to Nyquist makes sense from an offensive standpoint. Detroit has only scored 10 goals in its past seven games and has slipped to 20th in the NHL in goals per game, averaging 2.54 per contest.

  1. bensawesomeness - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    this season has been brutal, injuries being the major factor to that, we still don’t have Helm and who knows if Bert’ll play this season, but I must say, the kids have stepped up and played some fun hockey.
    Tatar, Andersson, Lashoff, Smith, Nyquist, and the backup goalie who’s name skills my mind
    Have all played well on this level. and give me confidence as a fan that we’ll be okay over the next 3+ seasons

  2. datsyukdominates - Mar 12, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    There are a lot of great prospects coming over from juniors and Europe next year as well (Jarnkrok, Pulkinnen, Oullett, Sproul, etc). The Wings future is bright.

  3. fusionix7 - Mar 12, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    He better be on Datsyuk’s line. Datsyuk desperately needs a shooter on his wing. I get that Babcock was using the 2nd line as a shutdown line to go against the other teams top line, but when you’re only scoring a couple goals at best a game it’s time to introduce some offense to that line.

    Apparently he’s not comfortable enough with Tatar’s defense to give him a shot on Datsyuk’s line despite how awful they have been offensively.

    • clefty1 - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      Abdelkater should of never been on Datsyuk’s line to begin with…

    • porkchopexpress1969 - Mar 12, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      I read somewhere Tartar was the only choice to send down, because he can skip waivers. I think he earn a spot next year on the roster.

  4. clefty1 - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Babcock should of put Tatar on Datsyuk’s line and moved Abby down to the 3rd line, Abby is a grinder and he does not belong on the top 2 lines let alone the PP plus his only goal is an empty netter. Hopefully Nyquist will not be buried on the 3rd line and he will get an opportunity next to Datsyuk.

    • porkchopexpress1969 - Mar 12, 2013 at 5:46 PM

      This is a great take, love Abby but no where near the 1 or 2 line.

      • polegojim - Mar 13, 2013 at 5:46 PM

        Yes… Abby is a fourth liner at best. Frankly, I’d rather see Tatar stay and Abby get sent down.

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