DETROIT -- Gustav Nyquist may not be in the Detroit Red Wings future plans, 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.
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.
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.
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."
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