Nielsen secured two primary assists in Saturday's 6-3 road loss to the Sharks.
The Nielsen ratings are in, and the results show that the Danish pivot is still worth watching in fantasy, despite the Red Wings needing to dig themselves out of the cellar of the Atlantic Division. Nielsen remains a focal point on special teams, having collected a team-leading seven points on the power play to go along with a pair of shorthanded goals.
The Dane is up to seven goals in 32 games. He's only had 64 shot attempts, and that's a declining pace compared to the 2.2 per match as an Islander last season. Nielsen will be hard-pressed to match his 52 points from the 2015-16 campaign and his minus-12 rating leaves a lot to be desired, but he's still averaging 0.57 points per game over 638 career contests.
We can only imagine what it'd be like to suddenly swap sweaters after a decade's worth of time with a different club, but much like veteran David Backes, who moved from the Blues to the Bruins this offseason, Nielsen has been able to make a relatively seamless transition. The Dane has been searing hot of late, picking up three goals (21.4 shooting percentage) and four assists in the last six games.
Nielsen is hot with six points (three goals, three assists) over the past five games. With a whopping nine players on IR, the
Nielsen was fantastic in a 5-4 overtime win over the Devils on Friday, notching a pair of goals -- including a shorthanded tally -- and an assist.
The Red Wings have two shorthanded goals this season, with Nielsen snagging both of them. His first score was made possible by Justin Abdelkader creating a turnover on the penalty kill that culminated in Nielsen picking up the rebound in open space. The Dane's transition from the Islanders has had its peaks and valleys, but he does have seven points on special teams.