Friday, November 4, 2011

Free-falling Red Wings axe Nyquist

Detroit Red Wings have parted company with Gustav Nyquist as they attempt to find a solution to their poor form.

The 2007-08 Stanley Cup champions extended their winless sequence to six games on Thursday when they lost 4-1 to the Calgary Flames, and their season is in grave danger of imploding.

Nyquist appears to have been the first casualty of the Red Wings' desperate run, the 22-year-old Swedish forward being reassigned to the club's AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids. His only appearance for Detroit came in Tuesday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild, during which he failed to have a shot on goal. The best hockey betting indicates they will continue to struggle.

"It's not that he didn't play well," said Wings coach Mike Babcock. "We took so many penalties that everybody's ice time was fairly limited. With him, we just thought in the situation we're going through, we'd rather bring him when things are rolling." 

During Detroit's winless streak, they have found the net just six times and, against Calgary, Pavel Datsyuk had only two shots on goal during almost 20 minutes on the ice while Henrik Zetterberg managed just one shot in 19 minutes, 17 seconds.

Detroit are currently third in the NHL Western Central standings despite winning their first five games of the season, but are already towards the foot of the Conference.

The turning point in their season appears to have been the 7-1 thrashing they suffered at the hands of the Washington Capitals which marked the start of their current winless run.

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