Nilsson gave up four goals on 40 shots in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win against San Jose. It looked like he was heading for defeat when the Sharks took a 4-1 lead in the third period, but the Swedish netminder watched his teammates score four consecutive goals to bail him out. This isn't a pretty stat line for his first start in five games, though, so Robin Lehner remains likely to continue controlling the Sabres' net.
Nilsson gets the nod and will make his first start in five games, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports. Nilsson has been hot and cold all season, and in his past six games has turned in gem performances against Detroit, Toronto and Philadelphia, but allowed a total of 12 goals against Dallas, Tampa Bay and Carolina. He gets a tough matchup against the Pacific Division-leading Sharks, but Nilsson has also been fantastic at home this season, sporting a 6-1-1 record with a 1.84 GAA and a .946 save percentage. Fantasy owners should proceed with caution -- even if Nilsson turns in a good performance, the Sabres offense will have to provide him with enough goal support to earn the win.
Nilsson allowed four goals on 37 shots, including three at even strength, in a 4-3 loss to Dallas on Thursday. Nilsson finished the night a .892 save percentage, but he shouldn't be the only one blamed for the loss with a porous defense and with just three Sabres forwards managing to register a point. He was brilliant in a 32-save win against Detroit on Jan. 20, but sat the next two games in favor of Robin Lehner before starting against Dallas. Through 19 appearances, Nilsson has a 8-7-4 record with a 2.60 GAA and .923 save percentage. Those are good numbers, but the Sabres still haven't reached their full potential and fantasy owners should consider only starting him against much weaker teams.
Nilsson will start between the pipes in Thursday's road game against the Stars. Nilsson was sharp in his last outing Friday against Detroit, turning aside 32 of the 34 shots he faced en route to a 3-2 overtime victory. The Swedish backstop will look to pick up his ninth win of the season in a matchup with a struggling Stars team that has lost five of its last six games.
Nilsson saved 32 of 34 shots during Friday's win over Detroit. This was a strong outing from Nilsson, and he's a goalie of interest after Robin Lehner was pulled from his most recent start and wasn't happy about it. Additionally, Lehner will likely be tasked with a tough matchup against the Canadiens on Saturday. As a result, Nilsson could begin seeing a larger percentage of the starts going forward. He's an intriguing add in deeper seasonal settings.
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