Nilsson agreed to terms on a two-year, $5.2 million contract with Ottawa on Wednesday. Nilsson was acquired by the Senators from the Canucks last season and went on to post an 11-11-0 record with two shutouts and a 2.90 GAA in 24 outings for Ottawa. At times, it appeared Nilsson surpassed Craig Anderson as the No. 1 option between the pipes, but new head coach D.J. Smith will likely face a difficult decision during training camp about who to go with for Opening Night.
Nilsson stopped 17 of 19 shots after replacing Craig Anderson midway through the first period of Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Blue Jackets. The 29-year-old is an unrestricted free agent this summer, and while he didn't exactly shine in Ottawa, he didn't hurt his market value with a 2.97 GAA and .908 save percentage on the season. If Nilsson does return to the Senators, he could supplant Anderson at the top of the depth chart.
Nilsson turned aside 27 of 28 shots in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Rangers. A shorthanded goal by young countryman Lias Andersson spoiled his shutout bid. Nilsson hasn't put together great overall stats since joining the Senators, but his 11-11-0 record is fairly impressive given the team's struggles.
Nilsson will guard the cage in Wednesday's road game against the Rangers, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports. Nilsson was decent in his last start Thursday against Florida, stopping 29 of 32 shots, but he ultimately suffered his 20th defeat of the campaign. The Swedish netminder will look to get back on track and snap his two-game losing streak in a road matchup with a Rangers team that's averaged 2.85 goals per game at home this season, 23rd in the NHL.
Nilsson made 29 saves in a 5-2 loss to Florida on Thursday night. He allowed three goals. Nilsson kept the young Senators in this game, but they couldn't get the red light on nearly enough. He has been a sturdy soldier for the Sens, but his game is up and down. One night he stones the mighty Leafs; the next he allows six to the Orcas. There's not enough consistency in Nilsson's game to warrant activation right now.
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