Nurse scored a pair of goals in a 4-2 comeback victory over the Coyotes on Friday. It hasn't been a very good season for the Oilers, but Nurse is certainly coming into his own. Heading into the night, he was averaging 21:28 in ice time, which is greater than four minutes more than last season. And in 45 games, he has five goals and 16 points with a plus-11 rating. Nurse played only 44 games all of last season and also had five goals but with 11 points and an even rating.
Nurse scored Edmonton's only goal in a 4-1 defeat to Chicago on Sunday. Midway through the second period Nurse threw a quick backhand shot on net which leaked through Anton Forsberg's pads, recording his first goal since Nov. 22. The Hamilton native seems to have settled in on the first defensive pairing, as he now averages 21:31 of ice time per game, and he's already raked in 13 points (two goals, 11 assists) in 42 games this season -- already besting last season's 11 point effort.
Nurse had a big game in Thursday's loss to the Maple Leafs, posting two assists, a plus-2 rating, two penalty minutes, five shots, and a hit. Nurse has been hot recently and is eating up a lot of ice time. He's played at least 23:26 in each of the last seven games, crossing the 25-minute mark in five of those. He's also put up two goals and three assists over that span. Nurse is starting to look like an alluring fantasy option.
Nurse contributed an assist during Wednesday's 6-2 victory over the Red Wings. The 2013 first-round pick has a goal and two assists over a three-game point span, giving him seven points in 22 contests. A lack of power-play time limits Nurse's upside in standard formats, but prowess with peripheral stats like hits (43) and blocked shots (32) make him a more attractive option in deeper formats.
Nurse led both teams with seven hits in Tuesday's loss to Carolina. With 17 hits in five games, Nurse is providing value in leagues that reward physicality. Though he's only posted a single point this season, he's averaging nearly three shots per game, as well.
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