Nyquist’s torrid pace translates to a 45-goal full season with Wings

DETROIT >> Gustav Nyquist continues to impress.

With his highlight-reel goal Sunday against Tampa Bay, Nyquist now has 11 goals in his past nine games and 22 goals in his past 27 games.

“I feel pretty comfortable out there,” a very modest Nyquist said. “I think all the young gets are really stepping up.”

Nyquist, who had his six-game goal streak snapped last Thursday against Montreal, has at least one goal in eight of the last nine games.

“He’s feeling good about himself,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “He creates space when he gets the puck. He’s faster with the puck then without it. He’s playing well for us.”

Nyquist’s team-leading 27th goal of the season was a thing of beauty Sunday.

With Lightning defenseman Matthew Carle draped all over him after taking an outlet pass at center ice from David Legwand, Nyquist missed on the breakaway, but then swung back around and on an extremely sharp angle slide the puck just inside the goal post beat Ben Bishop.

“He’s been huge I think he doesn’t want to quit on anything and takes advantage of every chance he gets and puts it in the back of the net,” said Legwand, who centers the line of Nyquist and Johan Franzen.

“I was just waiting for the refs to call a penalty,” said Justin Abdelkader, who saw the play develop from the bench. “I didn’t see him put his arm up. He finally did and Gus just found a way to get that in the net. It’s one of those years for him right now, he’s been on fire, it’s been great for us with the guys we’ve had out, seeing him carry the load offensively. Hopefully he keeps going here.”

Because he began the season in Grand Rapids, Nyquist has played in just 50 games.

At his current pace, Nyquist would have 45 goals in an 82-game schedule.

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