Nylander will remain at center Tuesday night against the Lightning, reports TSN.ca. He won't return to the wing until Auston Matthews (upper body) returns. It will be a test for Nylander, who struggled in his last trip to Tampa when he had to match up against Steven Stamkos and Brayden Point. The young pivot's line shined Saturday against Montreal because they played well with and most importantly, without the puck. But given Nylander's recent history against the Bolts, we suggest you check your roster for another option Tuesday.
Nylander snapped a 13-game goal drought with a power-play tally in Toronto's 4-0 win over Montreal on Saturday. The goal stood up as the winner. Nylander has six points in his last 10 games -- playing pivot has suppressed his offensive output to some extent. Auston Matthews may be back from an upper-body injury Tuesday, which could shuffle Nylander back to his wing. If so, that output should increase over the last 10 games of the season.
Nylander will shift to center on the top line with Auston Matthews (shoulder) sidelined, reports TSN.ca. Nylander will get more offensive options playing in the middle, but the move will also add extra defensive responsibilities to his game. "Wingers ... you can be average and still be fine," said coach Mike Babcock when asked about the challenge in front of wee Willie. "Centers got to be good every night. They got to play 200 feet and they got to compete." Nylander has 14 points in the last 15 games, but that will likely slow down given the extra responsibility.
Nylander scored two goals and added an assist during Monday's 4-3 win over Tampa Bay. Now up to five goals and eight assists through his past 10 games, Nylander is upping his game heading into the fantasy stretch drive. He sports a rock-solid 2.8 points per 60 minutes for the campaign and should continue to be viewed as a high-end asset while flanking Auston Matthews in all situations.
Nylander scored two goals, added an assist and registered five shots during Monday's 7-4 win over Anaheim. The 21-year-old winger has now marked the scoresheet in six of his past seven games for three tallies and six assists. The heater has Nylander up to 12 goals and 41 points through 55 games for the campaign, and he's now back on track to post his second consecutive 60-point showing. Continue to view the Swedish winger as a solid option in the majority of fantasy settings.
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