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Western Pacific Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
24-15-2 50
20-16-7 47
20-16-5 45
21-18-2 44
18-11-6 42
18-18-4 40
18-16-2 38
12-24-4 28

2021 Stats

STATS A
Assists
P
Points
+/-
Plus-Minus Goals Scored For or Against Total
TOI/G
Time On Ice Per Game
PM
Penalty Minutes
Regular Season 4 7 -12 14:18 6

Top Matt Nieto News

  • Sharks' Matt Nieto: Two helpers in loss

    Nieto notched two assists in Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Blue Jackets.

    The 29-year-old came into Sunday with only one goal and one helper through 17 games, but he doubled his point total on the year by helping set up tallies by Nick Bonino and Brent Burns. Nieto has never had more than 26 points in a season, and his checking-line role won't afford him many more opportunities to make this kind of scoring impact.

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  • Sharks' Matt Nieto: Tallies first goal of season

    Nieto scored a goal and added two PIM in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Senators.

    Nieto opened the scoring at 7:16 of the first period with his first goal of the season. The 29-year-old has missed time due to COVID-19 protocols and a lower-body injury, which likely accounts for his slow start on offense. He has two points, 12 shots on net, 15 hits and a minus-2 rating through 12 contests. Nieto shouldn't be expected to play above the third line this year.

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  • Sharks' Matt Nieto: Clears COVID-19 protocols

    Nieto (COVID-19) cleared virus-related protocols Friday.

    Nieto had been sidelined due to COVID-19 protocols since Oct. 30. The winger, who has played in six games and recorded one assist this season, should be in the lineup Saturday versus Colorado.

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  • Sharks' Matt Nieto: Remains out, enters protocols

    Nieto (lower body) entered the league's COVID-19 protocols Saturday.

    Nieto was already dealing with a lower-body injury, but it'll likely be his progression through virus protocols that determines his short-term availability. He'll have to undergo further testing to confirm the positive test result that was returned Saturday.

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  • Sharks' Matt Nieto: Out Thursday

    Nieto (lower body) will not be available for Thursday's game against Montreal, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports.

    Nieto is considered day-to-day so he'll have a chance to suit up Saturday against the Jets. The 28-year-old has one assist and eight shots through six games this season.

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  • Sharks' Matt Nieto: Practices Thursday

    Nieto (lower body) practiced with the Sharks on Thursday, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

    The 28-year-old missed half of the 2021-22 season due to a lower-body injury. Nieto still earned a two-year contract from the Sharks, and he's expected to fill a bottom-six role. He'll push for 20 points and could carry some extra value in deeper formats as a penalty killer.

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  • Sharks' Matt Nieto: Inks two-year deal

    Nieto (lower body) agreed to terms on a two-year, $1.7 million contract with San Jose on Monday.

    Nieto appeared in just 28 games for the Sharks this season, ending the year on injured reserve due to a lower-body issue. When he was healthy, the 28-year-old winger managed five goals and two assists while averaging 14:00 of ice time. In a full 82-game season, Nieto should challenge for the 20-point threshold, a mark he had reached in the previous three campaigns.

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  • Sharks' Matt Nieto: Officially done for the year

    Nieto (lower body) won't be available for Wednesday's season finale versus Vegas, Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now reports.

    Nieto was limited to just 28 games this season due to injury, picking up seven points over that span. The specific nature of Nieto's lower-body issue remains a mystery, so at this point it isn't clear if he'll be ready for next campaign's training camp.

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  • Sharks' Matt Nieto: Suffers another setback

    Nieto (lower body) has suffered a subsequent setback in his recovery and is no longer skating, Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now reports.

    Nieto suffered a setback at the beginning of this month but had worked his way back and was skating again until this recent setback, which knocked him back to the rehab stage. While he hasn't been ruled out officially, Nieto seems unlikely to play again this season.

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  • Sharks' Matt Nieto: Suffers setback

    Nieto (lower body) has suffered a setback in his recovery, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

    Coach Bob Boughner was hoping Nieto would be ready to return sometime next week, but that seems to be out of the question following the forward's setback. Check back for another update on Nieto whenever he's given the green light to return to practice.

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  • Sharks' Matt Nieto: Likely to miss another week

    Head coach Bob Boughner said Monday that Nieto (lower body) is expected to miss the rest of the week, Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now reports.

    Boughner was openly pessimistic about Nieto's recovery, so his return likely won't be for a while. The 28-year-old posted seven points over 28 games before this injury. He'll remain on injured reserve until he gains medical clearance.

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  • Sharks' Matt Nieto: Placed on injured reserve

    Nieto (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, per CapFriendly.

    Nieto has already missed five games with the injury -- if this was a retroactive designation, he's eligible to return at any time. The 28-year-old has mostly played in a middle-six role for the Sharks this year, with seven points in 28 contests.

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  • Sharks' Matt Nieto: Out again Saturday

    Nieto (lower body) will not play Saturday versus the Coyotes, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

    Nieto will miss his fifth straight game with the injury. At this point, the 28-year-old winger's timeline has yet to be announced. His next chance to return is Monday versus the Wild.

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  • Sharks' Matt Nieto: Still sidelined

    Nieto (lower body) won't play Friday against Arizona, but he could be an option for Saturday's rematch with the Coyotes, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

    Nieto will miss a fourth straight game Friday, but he's clearly nearing a return to action. Another update on the 28-year-old forward should surface prior to puck drop Saturday night.

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  • Sharks' Matt Nieto: Not playing Wednesday

    Nieto (lower body) did not take line rushes and will not play Wednesday versus the Kings, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

    Nieto will miss his third straight game with the injury. With Nieto out, Antti Suomela is set to appear in a fourth-line role. Nieto's next chance to return is Friday versus the Coyotes.

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  • Sharks' Matt Nieto: Out Monday

    Nieto (lower body) won't play in Monday's game versus the Kings, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.

    Nieto is poised to miss a second straight game. The 28-year-old played in the first 28 games of the year, averaging 14 minutes of ice time and producing seven points (five goals, two assists). His next chance to suit up is Wednesday's rematch against Los Angeles.

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  • Sharks' Matt Nieto: Won't suit up Saturday

    Nieto (lower body) is not on the ice for warmups, indicating he won't play Saturday versus the Blues, Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now reports.

    Nieto was a game-time decision Saturday. In his absence, Antti Suomela is expected to enter the lineup. Nieto's next chance to get in a game is Monday versus the Kings.

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  • Sharks' Matt Nieto: Questionable against St. Louis

    Nieto (undisclosed) is considered questionable for Saturday's game against the Blues, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

    The nature of Nieto's injury is a mystery, but his status against St. Louis will likely boil down to a game-time decision.

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  • Sharks' Matt Nieto: Tallies in Wednesday's loss

    Nieto scored a goal on two shots in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Golden Knights.

    With Rudolfs Balcers (upper body) out, Nieto saw time on the Sharks' second line. That unit produced the Sharks' first tally, as Nieto converted on a pass from Timo Meier. The 28-year-old Nieto has worked in a variety of roles this year, amassing seven points, 44 shots on net, 24 hits and a minus-4 rating through 27 games. He'll have a slight boost in fantasy value while working in a top-six role, but it's probably not enough to help most fantasy managers.

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  • Sharks' Matt Nieto: Bags helper Friday

    Nieto recorded an assist and two shots on goal in Friday's 6-0 win over the Ducks.

    Head coach Bob Boughner shuffled his lines, and Nieto saw a promotion to the second line with Tomas Hertl and Timo Meier. That trio combined for Meier's goal in the third period. Nieto has mainly seen bottom-six usage this year. He's racked up six points, 35 shots, 21 hits and a minus-3 rating in 24 outings.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 185 lbs
Birthplace: Long Beach, CA
Age: 29
Experience: 8
Shoots: Left