The 26-year-old goalie was sent to Buffalo by the Blues in an offseason trade, but Robin Lehner has started all four games so far this year, so Nilsson didn't have a chance to hit the ice. With Lehner under the weather, Nilsson will get his shot.
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Nilsson started the 2015-16 campaign in Edmonton, but the Blues ended up acquiring him at the trade deadline to serve as a depth option behind Jake Allen and Brian Elliott since those goalies had experienced their fair share of injuries throughout the season. Chad Johnson has left Buffalo via free agency -- he's now in Calgary with Elliott-- so Nilsson could take his spot as the backup to Robin Lehner. However, Linus Ullmark is also a candidate for the job, so expect a competitive battle between the two netminders in training camp. Nilsson has already played for the Islanders, Blues and Oilers in his young career. In 44 starts and 52 career games, he's gone 19-22-4 with a 3.09 GAA and .900 save percentage. Those numbers suggest that he has a lot of work to do in order to be relevant in fantasy hockey.
Nilsson's qualifying offer came as no surprise after St. Louis traded away Brian Elliott and will need a backup for Jake Allen. Acquired at the trade deadline, the netminder 10-12-2 for Edmonton and made one start and two relief appearances for the Blues. In total, the 26-year-old logged a .912 save percentage and will make a decent backup, although fantasy owners will want to look elsewhere for a consistent starter.
Anders Nilsson relieved Brian Elliott at the start of the third period, saving 9 of 10 shots in Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Capitals.
Nilsson hasn't earned a start since Jan. 19 (while he was with Edmonton), with his last win as the lead-dog coming back on Dec. 11. Needless to say, the netminder doesn't see much action unless he's pressed into duty. As a member of the St. Louis Blues , the 26-year-old has appeared in three games and owns a .902 save percentage. Don't expect Nilsson to make noise in the playoffs if he's between the pipes.
Anders Nilsson stopped 19 of 20 shots after entering at the start of the second period of Sunday's win over the Avalanche.
Starter Jake Allen suffered an undisclosed injury and had to exit after the first frame, paving the way for Nilsson to make just his second appearance as a Blue. The severity of Allen's setback is unclear, but Brian Elliott -- rather than Nilsson -- figures to take over the starting duties in his stead.