DETROIT — Gustav Nyquist may not be in the Detroit Red Wings future plans Custom Chicago Blackhawks Jerseys
, but he’s a big part of their present.Nyquist, a right winger, has five goals and 10 assists in his last six games and is tied with Dylan Larkin for the team lead in points with 26 (seven goals and 19 assists).Detroit (13-12-4) hosts the New York Islanders (13-11-3) at Little Caesars Arena at Saturday night.Article continues below ...Nyquist, 29, will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, and — as has been the case the past few seasons — has been named in several trade rumors with the Red Wings in rebuilding mode.He is in the final year of a contract that has a $4.75 million annual cap hit and it would likely take an annual salary of over $5 million over a three- or four-year deal to retain Nyquist.“Over the last few years my name has popped up here and there in trade rumors leading up to the deadline, especially when you’re not battling for a playoff spot,” Nyquist told mlive.com. “Right now www.avalancheshoponline.com
, we’re battling for a playoff spot and we want to be a team that come trade deadline, we don’t want to be sellers by any means, we want to keep what we have and go on a good run.“I think everyone in this room believes we can make the playoffs. If it happens that my name pops up, I’ll deal with it, but I’ve been part of it in the past and it’s nothing that bothers me.”He had a goal and two assists in Thursday night’s 5-4 overtime win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena.Detroit is 2-1-1 in its last four games against four of the league’s best: Boston, Colorado, Tampa Bay and Toronto.“I just think it just continues to show to our players that when we do it the right way, when we play the way we’re capable of Colorado Avalanche T-Shirts Womens
, we can take anybody in the league,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill told the Detroit Free Press. “Let’s keep going.” Meanwhile, New York is struggling offensively.The Islanders are 1-3-1 in their past five games and have only scored eight goals in that span.“Teams are going to score,” center Mathew Barzal told Newsday. “You’ve got to find a way to put four, five on the board. You’ve got to find a way to push that side of the game a little bit.”They dropped a 6-2 decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena Thursday night, getting goals from left winger Anders Lee — who has goals in four consecutive games — and center Brock Nelson (shorthanded), who snapped an eight-game goal drought.“It was too friendly of a game,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz told NHL.com. “There wasn’t enough skin invested in the game Colorado Avalanche Hoodies Womens
, right across the board. We need a couple saves. Some [defensemen] could play a little bit better. Some of our forwards who are a little more physical could be more assertive in that area, and our skill guys are going to have to produce. No one was immune today.” SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche are making strides on the road.Carl Soderberg scored twice, J.T. Compher broke a third-period tie and Colorado beat the Florida Panthers 5-2 on Thursday night.The Avalanche won their 11th road game after winning only 15 all of last season.“It’s just the hunger and the will to succeed from our guys,” coach Jared Bednar said. “Maybe our expectations (last year) weren’t high enough on the road and I think this year we’re trying to take the next step and continue what we’ve been doing at home.”Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog also scored for the Avalanche. Philipp Grubauer stopped 33 shots.“We feel like every game we’re there,” Soderberg said. “We’re feeling it right now and want to keep it going.”Aaron Ekblad and Colton Sceviour had the goals for the Panthers. Roberto Luongo made 32 saves in his second game back from a knee injury.“They’re a good team offensively and if you make mistakes, they’re going to make you pay,” Luongo said. “We had a good first 40 minutes and for some reason we didn’t come out in the third. They popped two quick ones and that was it.”The score was tied at 2 in the third before the Avalanche scored twice in 44 seconds. Compher put Colorado ahead when he tipped in a shot by Landeskog at 6:21. Soderberg’s second goal of the game Colorado Avalanche Hats Womens
, a one-timer from the left circle, made it 4-2 at 7:05.“(We) were hounding the puck,” Bednar said. “Maybe two or three pucks they kept alive just inside the blue line in order to extend the shift. When you do that, pressuring the puck, you’re not giving them any time, you get tired down in there, and I think that’s what happened.”The Panthers challenged Soderberg’s goal for goalie interference, but the call stood.“Their big line came out mid-shift (and) we got trapped in our end Custom Colorado Avalanche Jerseys
,” coach Bob Boughner said. “We had three chances to get it out, all three failed, back of the net. They get the one on the very next shift and it’s game over.”Landeskog added an empty-net goal with 1:34 left.Soderberg snapped a 1-all tie with his short-handed goal. He took a shot from the right circle that hit Luongo in the face mask and bounced into the net at 5:44 of the second.The Panthers tied it about a half-minute later on Ekblad’s power-play goal. Ekblad took a pass in the left circle and fired the puck past Grubauer at 6:19.Rantanen gave Colorado a 1-0 lead when he tipped in a shot from Patrik Nemeth at 10:40 of the first. Rantanen has a 10-game point streak.Sceviour tied the game 1-all after he redirected a shot in front from Bogdan Kiselevich with 2:07 left in the first.NOTES: Rantanen has 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) during his point streak and leads the NHL in assists (35) and points (47). … Nemeth played his 200th NHL game. … Panthers C Nick Bjugstad returned to the lineup after leaving the game against Boston on Tuesday in the third period. Bjugstad took a hit into the boards from Bruins defenseman Connor Clifton.UP NEXTAvalanche: Visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.Panthers: Host the New York Rangers on Saturday.