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‘You score by shooting': Nyquist starting to fill the net for Red Wings

Mar 22, 2014, 1:20 AM EDT

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Before this season, Gustav Nyquist‘s career-high in goals was three. That was accomplished last season in 22 National Hockey League games with the Detroit Red Wings.

But he’s since started filling the net with greater propensity. He hit the 20-goal plateau for this season on Thursday, and now has four goals in his last three games. As Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports, it’s because Nyquist is shooting the puck more and more. A quick glance at his statistics shows he’s up to 121 shots in 44 games this season.

In 22 regular season games last season, he had only 46 shots. That would’ve put him on pace for about 92 shots over a 44-game period. So, that’s significantly lower than what he’s at in 2013-14 with Detroit.

“He’s getting good opportunity, but the other thing he’s doing is shoot the puck; he’s got to continue to shoot the puck,” Red Wings’ head coach Mike Babcock told MLive.com.

“In the National League you score by shooting, not by passing. So he’s done a good job in that area.”

  1. smarshall3789 - Mar 22, 2014 at 2:02 AM

    This kid is a stud! Goes to show you the Wings have the best scouting in the league! Can’t wait to watch him grow into a star!

  2. slaugin - Mar 22, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    I picked him up at the right time in my fantasy league. He’s put together a nice season in limited ice time

  3. pwshrugged - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    I’ve loved this kid since his call-up last season. Shows pro-level poise and has some of Datsyuk’s shifty shaking ability with some of Zetterberg’s puck protection skill. He’s no flash in the pan, and I imagine he’ll be a Red Wings cornerstone for years to come. He’s a legitimate top-line winger.

  4. 4everwingsfan - Mar 22, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Out of all the darkness this year, it’s good to see some light.

    • pfhockey - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:16 PM

      The next big star in DET.

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