Nielsen scored two first-period goals (one on the power play) during Tuesday's win over Vancouver. The first-year Wing is having a poor fantasy campaign with just 13 goals and 30 points through 58 games. However, now up to three goals, four points and 14 shots over his past four outings, perhaps the veteran pivot is turning the corner. It's still likely best to leave Nielsen to deeper seasonal leagues at this stage of the game, though.
Nielsen (upper body) is ready to play in Saturday's road game against the Blue Jackets, Brendan Savage of MLive.com reports. Nielsen missed the last three games with the upper-body ailment, but he should be deployed for a tough road match against the league's fifth-ranked offense. The Dane is utilized in all situations, but the Red Wings have an abundance of talented forwards yearning for substantial minutes, and therefore Nielsen has played slightly less than he did with the Islanders last season, averaging 17:13 of ice time per contest.
Nielsen (upper body) is expected to play Saturday afternoon against host Columbus. Assuming the Dane does suit up for this next contest, he's likely to bump Tomas Jurco from the lineup. A first-time NHL All-Star, Nielsen's done an admirable job as the successor to long-time Red Wing Pavel Datsyuk, particularly on special teams; he's racked up eight power-play points -- including seven helpers -- to complement a pair of shorthanded tallies. Those figures look even better when you consider that Detroit is the worst team on the man advantage and 16th on the penalty kill.
Nielsen (upper body) was ruled out for Thursday's game against the Capitals, Brendan Savage of MLive.com reports. With Nielsen unavailable to occupy his traditional second-line spot, the Red Wings are relying on a struggling Riley Sheahan to center Tomas Tatar and Dylan Larkin. Detroit will wrap up its three-game road trip with a pair of games this weekend, so you can expect the Danish pivot to be reevaluated by then.
Nielsen (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Monday, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. With the 32-year-old going down, it's yet another injury issue for a Detroit team that has struggled to have a healthy lineup all season. Steve Ott was activated from the IR at the same time, but the gritty winger won't be able to match the production of Nielsen, who has 26 points in 51 games compared to Ott's four points in 37 games.
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