Nilsson saved 39 of 40 shots and eight of 10 shootout attempts during Friday's win over Anaheim. Nilsson's been a mixed bag this season with a number of standout showings accompanied by plenty of duds. His .920 save percentage is a solid mark, and while you can't bank on his other numbers, the backup has been able to help in the save percentage column most nights. Buffalo is over a week away from its next back-to-back set (March 27 against Florida and March 28 at Columbus), and Nilsson might not start again until then.
Nilsson will be the starting goalie for Friday night's contest in Anaheim, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports. Nilsson hasn't allowed fewer than three goals in a game since he pulled off a win against the Red Wings on Jan. 20 and overall hasn't proven to be a reliable goaltender for fantasy purposes. Either way, he'll look to put up a strong performance against a Ducks team that averages just 2.76 goals per game at home.
Nilsson allowed three goals on just 12 shots in a period during a 5-3 victory over the Blue Jackets on Saturday. The 26-year-old spotted the Blue Jackets a three-goal lead in the first 20 minutes, but the Sabres stormed back to win after a goaltender change. Fortunately, that got Nilsson off the hook for the loss, but it doesn't change the fact he now owns an .890 save percentage in his last five appearances. Considering save percentage is the only category in which fantasy owners have been able to rely upon Nilsson this season, that's terrible news. He's now 9-9-4 with a .917 save percentage and 2.84 GAA.
Nilsson will start in goal Saturday versus the visiting Blue Jackets. It's been six days since Nilsson took a road loss to the Penguins -- allowing four goals on 45 shots -- going down as his second consecutive defeat. His record now stands at 9-9-4 with a 2.75 GAA and .920 save percentage; those numbers aren't too shabby for a backup on a losing team, so you can opt to roll him out as a value play in daily settings.
Nilsson stopped 41 of 45 shots but was unable to hold down the Penguins, losing 4-3 on Sunday. In two starts against the Penguins this season, Nilsson has made 87 saves, but he was unable to win in regulation in either game. He was impressive early Sunday and helped Buffalo out to a 3-0 lead, but Pittsburgh didn't even need overtime to complete the comeback, scoring twice in the second and twice in the final minutes of the third. At .920 for the season, Nilsson is solid in the save percentage category, but he also owns a 9-9-4 record with a 2.75 GAA.
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