The Red Wings need goals; they haven’t been scoring much for a while, and forward Gustav Nyquist would appear to be one guy capable of goal-scoring.

But Nyquist is struggling, just like many others. He’s in the midst of scoring one goal in 16 games (with four assists).

“That’s how it goes sometimes,” said Nyquist after Tuesday’s practice. “You just have to live with it. I want to score and help the team as much as possible, but it hasn’t gone in for a few games.

“Or a while, I don’t even know how many games. But I try not to think about it. You just have to work hard, and sooner or later it’ll go in.”

Coach Mike Babcock wants to see Nyquist driving to the net a little more.

“We talk about it all the time; you don’t get any points in the league for style,” Babcock said. “You have to get the puck to the net.

“When you’re a pure passer and you don’t feel that’s your job, you never shoot the puck. Most of the guys with lots of assists got a whole bunch by passing it off the goalie.

“That’s not part of his repertoire, but we’re working on it and he’s working on it.”

Nyquist realizes he needs to go to the tough areas of the ice more often.

“It’s about getting those second chances on the inside and in front of the net,” Nyquist said. “Take the puck to the net more, and shoot the puck whenever you can.