Nyquist back on Wings' top power-play unit

BY foxsports • October 28, 2014

DETROIT -- If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

At least that's what the Red Wings are going to do with their power play.

After moving Gustav Nyquist off the top power-play unit, Wings coach Mike Babcock shifted him back during Tuesday's practice.

"Huge. But when you're scrambling sometimes you do things...like I thought it was a real good idea we took him away and then we haven't got anything to go," Babcock said. "We've got to attack the net so I just thought those are the guys that have been scoring for us. We put them in scoring positions and see what happens."

Nyquist has the Wings' only two power-play goals this season in 30 chances.

"We changed it back, just trying to switch things around," Nyquist said. "We haven't been scoring. My jobs are a little different on both units. Now I'm with Hank (Henrik Zetterberg) and Pav (Pavel Datsyuk) and I'm going to be the guy in the middle, trying to retrieve a lot of pucks and get the puck back to those guys for them to make plays and obviously be ready to shoot when I get in the middle."

The Wings know they need to take more than one shot per power-play opportunity.

"I think the biggest thing is we gotta attack more," Niklas Kronwall said. "Throw more pucks at the net. We gotta make sure we have guys coming down and we have to make sure that the puck gets there. If it doesn't get there, then there's not a lot of good things coming from that so we gotta make sure that the puck gets to the net. I know we talk about it every day and I'm sure you guys are tired of hearing it, but it really is as simple as that."

The Wings had a power-play expert visiting Tuesday -- former Wing Tomas Holmstrom.

"You know how it is, it goes up and down," Holmstrom said. "They have two power-play goals so far? We've been there, I've been there. To be successful you can't be one and done, you need to get the pucks to the net. Usually when you get the pucks to the net, then start all over, then something happens.

"When you're just standing and passing around, you're in right positions -- shot, get the puck back and do it again. Then it opens up."

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