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--The power play continues to fail the Wings. It is sapping their momentum, costing them games and causing them to slip further in the Central Division race. Detroit couldn't score on four power-play opportunities in Tuesday's 5-2 to Los Angeles. The Wings have gone a season-high six games without a power-play goal, failing to convert on 25 consecutive chances dating back to Feb. 27. They're not getting clean entries into the zone, which is reducing their shot total.

--Gustav Nyquist is the most highly skilled forward prospect the Wings have had in several years. He is a creative player who can hold onto the puck and make plays. Teammates are encouraging him to shoot more and develop into a scoring threat, rather than just a playmaker. Nyquist had an assist in each of the previous two games, since being recalled from Grand Rapids (AHL). He realizes the need to shoot more (he has six shots in eight games with Detroit).

"I didn't think we played hard enough. I thought they had a simple plan, getting the puck in, getting on the forecheck and grinding. I didn't think we had enough resistance. The other team can't win all the battles and all the races." -- Wings coach Mike Babcock.

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