Since Jan. 20, Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist leads the NHL in goals with 15.

Take a moment to consider that.

With 15 goals in his past 21 games, Nyquist has jumped to the top of Detroit's goal-scoring leader board, and has helped the team stay afloat in the Eastern Conference playoff race in the absence of Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.

Key to his recent surge has been encouragement from head coach Mike Babcock to simply get the puck on net.

“He’s getting good opportunities, but the other thing he’s doing is shoot the puck; he’s got to continue to shoot the puck,” Babcock told MLive. “In the National League you score by shooting, not by passing. So he’s done a good job in that area.”

“We’ve been talking about (shooting more) my whole year and the time I’ve been here, really,” Nyquist added. “I’ve always been more of a passing player. I’m trying to shoot the puck more. I’m getting great passes, too.”

Nyquist, who has added 17 assists in 44 games for Detroit, also received high praise from veteran Daniel Alfredsson. “It’s a natural progression from what I’ve seen from camp and since coming up from Grand Rapids he’s been really good,” Alfredsson said. “He brings speed, brings work ethic. He’s a young guy who really is mature in terms of where to be on the ice in different situations and he’s been very impressive.”