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Nyquist to skate with Zetterberg and Franzen

Nov 21, 2013, 12:52 PM EDT

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Gustav Nyquist will get a great opportunity to show he belongs in the NHL when he skates on Detroit’s second line tonight versus Carolina at Joe Louis Arena.

Nyquist, 24, was recalled from AHL Grand Rapids in the wake of defenseman Danny DeKeyser‘s placement on long-term injured reserve.

Against the Hurricanes, Nyquist — who had 21 points in 15 games for the Griffins but couldn’t be called up due to salary-cap and roster constraints — will play right wing on a line with center Henrik Zetterberg and left wing Johan Franzen. (Daniel Cleary, Pavel Datsyuk, and Todd Bertuzzi will comprise the top line.)

“I’m just going to try to play my game,” Nyquist said, per MLive.com. “We all know that we’re in need of a win here as a team and obviously we’ve lost a few in a row up here and at home as well. So that’s something we want to change tonight.”

Indeed, the Wings could use a win. They haven’t earned one in their last seven games, and they’ve got just three in their last 14.

Also worth mentioning, from MLive.com:

The Red Wings said they will determine after the game whether Nyquist returns to Grand Rapids or stays. Once he plays two more NHL games he will lose his waiver-exempt status. In that case he would be here to stay.

  1. polegojim - Nov 21, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Hope he’s here to stay, and gives real cause for pause… who do you try and take out of plays… Hank, Mule, or Gus…

    Will be nice to see teams have to play all three straight up… and watch Gus make them regret it.

    This could quickly be as good… or better than the top line and a great mix.

  2. pwshrugged - Nov 21, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    According to the Detroit Free Press, it’s likely Nyquist is here to stay. And he should be. He was an excellent player for the Wings last year and a bright spot in the playoffs.

    While I liked the signing at the time, it seems criminal now that the Wings’ reclamation of Cleary cost Nyquist a roster spot early. I’d rather have Nyquist developing at the pro level.

    At any rate, I think Nyquist is the best young forward (between him, Andersson, and Tatar) the Wings have, so here’s hoping he stays.

  3. jakreidler - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    I still want to see Tatar-Andersson-Nyquist. They would terrorize any other 3rd or 4th line.

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