Nielsen provided the lone shootout goal in Saturday's 2-1 road win over the Senators.
He has been a bit of a liability for his fantasy owners -- the Dane's added four empty shots with a minus-1 rating -- but Nielsen's shootout heroics enabled the Wings to remain undefeated through the season's first two games. According to Ansar Khan of MLive.com, the utility center has officially become the NHL's all-time leader in shootout tallies at 20.
Nielsen collected three points (two goals, one assist) in succession Saturday, contributing heavily to a 5-1 preseason home win over the Bruins.
The Dane inflicted all of his damage on the B's in the second frame, with his first goal taking place on the man advantage. While it's "only preseason," this win holds special significance for Nielsen and the Wings, as it was the franchise debut of Little Caesars Arena, the new home rink.
Even if Nielsen didn't have the no-move stipulation, something tells us the Wings faithful would be none too pleased if the do-it-all center limited his tenure to one season following the procurement of a six-year, $31.5 million contract last summer. The Danish pivot recorded 17 goals, 24 assists and 17 special-teams points for the 2016-17 campaign, and any prospective shareholder of Nielsen should find solace in the fact that the versatile forward did all of that damage in a down year for the Wings as a whole; their minus-37 goal differential was the worst in the Atlantic Division.
Nielsen posted his 17th goal of the season in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss against the Canadiens.
Nielsen managed just one point in his first nine games in the month of March, but he has picked up the pace with three goals and eight points over his past 10 outings. He has been very prideful despite the fact the Red Wings have long since been eliminated from the playoff chase.
Nielsen opened the scoring in Monday's 5-4 shootout win over the Senators.
He'd ultimately get denied in the shootout sequence, but those don't count for most owners anyway. The Danish pivot has points in three straight games and 10 shots over the last two. It's always nice to see a player finishing strong even when his team is out of playoff contention.