Nyquist missed the cut on Sweden's World Cup of Hockey roster, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. Nyquist's exclusion from the international hockey tournament comes as a big surprise, as he was the one that led Sweden with seven goals at the IIHF World Championship earlier this month. The former fourth-round pick will make $4.25 million next season and should be counted on heavily with Pavel Datsyuk expressing his desire to forgo the final year of his contract and return to Russia.
Nyquist registered a hat trick and an assist at the World Championship in Russian on Wednesday, helping Sweden defeat Kazakhstan, 7-3. Nyquist must be inspired by how a horse named after him won the Kentucky Derby last Saturday. The 26-year-old now has a team-high six points in the international competition. It's a nice change of pace for Nyquist as he, along with the rest of the Red Wings, stumbled offensively in the first-round playoff series loss to the Lightning.
Nyquist scored his first goal of the playoffs in a Game 4 loss on Tuesday. Nyquist scored the game-tying goal with 10 seconds to go in the second period, giving the Red Wings a big lift heading into the intermission, but fell short of the ultimate goal in a 3-2 loss. Nyquist had a disappointing regular season with just 17 goals and 43 points, and his scoring woes continued into the playoffs, only registering his first playoff point in Game 4. The talented winger's contributions may have come too little, too late, however. Detroit's offense has looked the most dangerous when Dylan Larkin or Andreas Athanasiou are on the ice.
Nyquist registered an assist Thursday but Detroit fell to Boston 5-2. Nyquist has had a few more scoring droughts this season than in his first couple years, but does have four points in his last five games. If Detroit is going to make the playoffs and do anything in the postseason, it needs major production out of the Nyquist-Tomas Tatar-Riley Sheahan line.
Nyquist picked up a power-play goal in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to Montreal. The 26-year-old snapped an 11-game goal drought with the tally. He also took four shots in the game -- his highest total since firing five on net Mar. 19. Nyquist is up to 41 points for the season, but has fallen well short of the career-high 54 he put up last season.
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