DETROIT >> Should Gustav Nyquist score tonight against Montreal it will extend his goal-scoring streak to seven consecutive games. Brett Hull was the last Wing to score in seven straight (Nov. 26 to Dec. 8, 2003).
“I was pretty young, so not much,” Nyquist said when asked what he remembered of Hull. “I didn’t know he had the streak but I’m not surprised, he was a great player. I had no clue about the streak.”
Daniel Cleary was the last Wing to score in six-consecutive regular season games (Nov. 5-17, 2010).
“He’s been good everywhere he’s been, he’s led his leagues in scoring, he’s always been a real good player, but you never know if it’s going to translate in the NHL,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We’ve all seen tons of good players in junior or college and they come to the American League and it doesn’t happen. He’s got hockey IQ off the charts, very, very smart. He can create space, he’s competitive, he’s a real confident kid in his own abilities and he’s played well and he’s on a roll.”
Steve Yzerman holds the team record with goals in nine consecutive regular season games (Jan. 29 through Feb. 12, 1992).
Nyquist has 25 goals and 17 assists in 47 games this season.
“I can’t say that I expected to score this many goals,” Nyquist said. “Again, I think all the young guys have done a good job. Injuries have created a lot of opportunities for different players and we’ve grown more confidence from it.
“Some of the goals have been off pretty good deflections as well, so it’s nice to see the puck go in,” Nyquist added. “It’s been a crazy year with injuries, we’d like to have some key players back, but we’ve gotten an opportunity to play a lot more minutes and in different situations. That’s given us all some more confidence.”