Frans Nielsen

#51 C / Detroit Red Wings / EXP: 11YRS Height: 6-1 Weight: 188 lb Age: 33 College: None

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  • Nielsen added a primary assist in Tuesday's 4-1 home loss to the Kings. Nielsen is well off the pace that resulted in his securing 41 points through 79 games in 2016-17. Part of the problem is that his average power-play ice time has dropped by more than one minute per contest compared to last season, and he's been shuffled all over the lineup in order for Jeff Blashill to fulfill the team's promise of granting more rink run for Andreas Athanasiou, who used that as leverage before putting an end to his lengthy contract holdout. Nielsen will continue to be deployed in all situations, but the lack of production at even strength (five goals, four assists) coupled with the decreased power-play time is making it tough to depend on him in fantasy.

  • Red Wings' Frans Nielsen: Multi-point effort in loss
    By RotoWire Staff

    Nielsen scored his sixth goal of the season and added an assist in Thursday's loss to Calgary. Nielsen is once again proving to be a fairly consistent goal scorer. He potted 17 goals in his first year with the Red Wings and is off to a decent start this time around. Despite his lethal shot, Nielsen won't post monster offensive totals and he hasn't been deployed on the power play of late, though his ability to find the back of the net often makes him valuable in deeper formats.

  • Red Wings' Frans Nielsen: Good to go Thursday
    By RotoWire Staff

    Nielsen (undisclosed) participated in pregame warmups, indicating he'll be in the lineup for Thursday's game against Ottawa, Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News reports. Nielsen missed Thursday's morning skate due to "precautionary reasons," so it's not surprising that he's been given the green light for his team's matchup with the Senators. The 33-year-old pivot, who has potted four goals in 13 games this campaign, is expected to center Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader on Detroit's third line against Ottawa.

  • Nielsen (undisclosed) missed morning skate Thursday due to "precautionary reasons," but Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill is still calling Nielsen a game-time decision for the evening's road contest against the Senators. Losing Nielsen for any amount of time could jeopardize Detroit's two-game winning streak, as the Dane is a guru on special teams and lethal on the shootout. Still, his four points -- all goals -- through 13 games this season aren't doing much for fantasy owners.

  • Red Wings' Frans Nielsen: Comes up empty in shootout
    By RotoWire Staff

    Nielsen was denied on his shootout attempt in Saturday's 3-2 road win over the Panthers. Currently, Nielsen and Florida's Radim Vrbata are tied with the most shootout goals in NHL history at 45, both neither had any luck against the tenders in that 1-on-1 sequence Saturday. Nielsen remains a utility player who's vital to the team's success on special teams, but he has yet to record an assist through 12 games to supplement four goals. It's tough to catch lightning in a bottle with Nielsen, so consider seeking out more consistent alternatives in the fantasy realm.

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