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[Gustav] Nyquist has gone 10 games without a goal. Nyquist hasn’t scored since Dec. 20 when he got the winner in a victory over Calgary.
Since then, it’s been a string of goal-less games. But the fact Nyquist has been quiet in the shots department, also, isn’t helping him score any goals. Nyquist has 16 shots on net during the goal-scoring drought — seven in the Jan. 2 game in Buffalo. It’s a formula that isn’t going to help Nyquist get on the scoresheet.
“When you’re not producing the way you want, our mandate to them is over-shoot and make sure we’re getting a lot of pucks to the net,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “He’s creating some chances and doing a good job. Against Buffalo he (Nyquist) had the backhand on the goalie and Hank (Zetterberg) scored the goal. Those are the type of things you have to do and make sure you drive the middle of the ice all the time. I don’t see that he’s not doing that. It’s just about the production.”
Zetterberg is encouraging Nyquist to shoot the puck whenever there’s an opportunity.
Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
1. My apologies to the KK readers who've already glanced at this one, but Sportnset's Elliotte Friedman explained why the Wings got into cap trouble prior to Kyle Quincey's activation from the LTIR:
"Overall, we played a pretty solid road game," Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg said. "When you play against a team like this, there's not a lot of quality chances. There were a lot of ugly chances. You have to get in front of the net, get pucks on net and get there for second chances.
"We didn't really get in the middle (of the ice) in the second period, but in the third, we had a really good push again. After they scored, we had some pretty good shifts and good chances, but they're a good team and they won tonight."
And, via RedWingsFeed, the Wings' website posted clips of post-game comments from Zetterberg...
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy said he felt "so-so," that his performance Monday wasn't good enough in a 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.
Howard was back in net for the first time in nearly two weeks. He doesn't know when he will start again. Petr Mrazek has been brilliant, especially of late, and is sure to get the majority of starts.
The back-up role, with the exception of last year's playoff series against Tampa Bay, is unfamiliar to Howard, who has been the Red Wings' workhorse since 2009-10.
One of the challenges he faces is staying sharp with infrequent appearances.
"The only way to get better game shape is by playing and in order to do that you've got to perform," Howard said. "We'll see the next time I get a start."
The Detroit Red Wings did their best to not get run into the ice by the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night, and they actually did a fine job of rallying from a 1-goal deficit, taking a 2-1 lead after 1 period and nursing a 2-2 tie through the 2nd intermission...
But the Wings weren't able to contain the Kings' power play, and ultimately, "chasing the game" for chunks of the first and third periods yielded a 4-2 loss that represented Detroit's first loss on its 6-game road trip (with one game to go in Phoenix on Thursday).
The Kings were more than willing to admit that their power play was the key to their victory--as was Anze Kopitar's 4-point night--as they told the Los Angeles Times' Lisa Dillman:
The Red Wings faced a particularly stiff task in battling the surging Los Angeles Kings on Monday night, and with Jimmy Howard starting the back-to-back contest, there were real question marks as to whether Howard could rebound from his difficult December.
Howard was OK but not great as the Red Wings were out-hustled, out-checked, out-shot and mostly out-muscled en route to a 4-2 loss to the Kings. The Red Wings did their damnedest to rally from an early 1-0 hole, and they did just that, taking a 2-1 lead on goals from Tatar and Marchenko, but the Kings tied things up in a brutal second period, went ahead on an early third-period power play, and both legally and illegally pounded the Wings into the ice physically as the officiating sta...
MLive's Ansar Khan reporst that the Red Wings placed Drew Miller on the LTIR due to a torn meniscus in his knee...
"He has a torn meniscus," general manager Ken Holland said. "Out a minimum of one month and possibly longer."
Miller will fly home for further evaluation while the team travels to Phoenix following tonight's game for Thursday's contest against the Arizona Coyotes.
Miller was injured during his first shift in the third period, when he was hit by Shea Theodore along the boards in the offensive zone.
It's an especially tough break for Miller, the club's top penalty-killing forward and shot-blocker. He was playing in just his second game back after missing 14 games from a broken jaw on Dec. 3.
And the Free Press's Helene St. James confirms...
"He's going to go home and see our doctor," Holland said. "He'll be further evaluated, see if he needs surgery, or just time, but he is out at least month.
"It is a big loss. He is an important part of our team, is an elite penalty killer and part of our shut-down line."
As doe the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:
Of prospect-related note:
In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin scored a goal in 19:36 of ice time as SKA St. Petersburg defeated Medvescak 5-3.
And the Grand Rapids Griffins filed their weekly press release this evening:
From the Red Wings:
This gives the Wings the "internal cap space" necessary to activate Quincey, but what Miller's injury is remains unknown as of 5:45 PM EST. Miller will miss at least 10 games with whatever's amiss.
Update: It doesn't sound like we're going to find out what's wrong with Miller soon:
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