5 Red Wings who need to step up in the second half

[tps_header]After the All-Star break, the Detroit Red Wings sit at number three in the Atlantic Division behind the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning, both of which they will take on in their Florida swing this week. The stellar play of Petr Mrazek and the emergence of rookie Dylan Larkin are two of the main reasons the Red Wings have found success this season. However, if the Red Wings want to contend for the Stanley Cup come playoff time, there are several players who need to step up and play bigger roles in the second half of the season.[/tps_header]

 

[tps_title]5. Gustav Nyquist[/tps_title]

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The Red Wings have expected Gustav Nyquist to be a consistent goal scorer for their team after recording just under 30 goals each of his past two seasons. This season, Nyquist has been rather streaky, and only has 13 goals in 49 games. That is fourth on the team behind Larkin, Tomas Tatar, and Justin Abdelkader. Nyquist has been getting top-line minutes with the likes of Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, so there is no excuse for his lack of production. In order for the Red Wings to boost offensive production, “the Goose” needs to be let loose again.

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