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51 Frans Nielsen C

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April 2, 2019 05:01 PM
Red Wings' Frans Nielsen: Season cut short
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nielsen (concussion) will miss the final three games of the 2018-19 campaign, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports.

Detroit's premier utility forward finishes with 10 goals and 25 assists -- including eight power-play assists and a shorthanded helper -- over 72 games. Nielsen has three years remaining on a $5.25 million AAV contract with the Red Wings, and the deal also includes a modified 10-team no-trade clause, so he's not likely to be moved during the 2019 NHL Draft or the summer free-agency signing period. Still, the honus will be on Nielsen to serve as a key mentor for Detroit's fresh crop of prospects.

March 31, 2019 03:32 PM
Red Wings' Frans Nielsen: Not expected to play Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nielsen (concussion) is unlikely to suit up for Sunday's game against Boston.

The 34-year-old has missed two straight games with a concussion that he suffered on Thursday. Nielsen has just 35 points in 72 games on the year, including just seven over his last 25 contests. It's possible that Detroit will simply shut down the veteran forward with three games remaining in the regular season.

March 29, 2019 01:16 PM
Red Wings' Frans Nielsen: Ruled out Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nielsen (concussion) won't be iced against the Devils on Friday, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.

By sitting out Friday, Nielsen will only have four more games to potentially draw into by the time the regular season comes to a close. He's currently at 10 goals and 25 assists to complement eight power-play points (assists) through 72 contests.

March 28, 2019 10:37 PM
Red Wings' Frans Nielsen: In concussion protocol
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nielsen left Thursday's 5-4 win over Buffalo to be evaluated for a potential concussion, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Coach Jeff Blashill didn't have an update on Nielsen's status following Thursday's win, but he should probably be considered questionable at best for Friday's game against the Devils at this juncture.

March 28, 2019 10:01 PM
Red Wings' Frans Nielsen: Exits with apparent injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nielsen left Thursday's 5-4 overtime win over the Sabres after suffering an undisclosed injury, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.

The specific nature of Nielsen's injury remains unknown, but he should be considered a long shot for Friday's matchup with New Jersey at this point. If Nielsen's unable to go, Martin Frk will likely draw into the lineup against the Devils.

March 20, 2019 10:48 AM
Red Wings' Frans Nielsen: Bulges twine
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nielsen found twine in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Rangers.

This was Nielsen's first goal in 14 games, with the drought lasting longer than a month. He's still deployed in all situations, though Detroit's inconsistent offense -- one that ranks near the bottom in goals per game, shots on goal and power-play percentage -- severely limits Nielsen's fantasy prospects.

February 23, 2019 12:56 PM
Red Wings' Frans Nielsen: Stripped of power-play role for now
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nielsen will be taken off the No. 2 power-play unit in favor of prospect Filip Zadina for Sunday's game against the Sharks, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.

The Wings plan to plug Zadina -- the sixth overall draft pick from 2018 -- into a favorable role right out of the gate. But rest assured that Nielsen will still be counted on for around 17 minutes of ice time with a heavy emphasis on the penalty kill. Nielsen has nine goals, 22 assists and a minus-3 rating through 57 games, needing only two more points to match last season's output.

February 17, 2019 11:40 PM
Red Wings' Frans Nielsen: Assists on Wings' only goal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nielsen (illness) picked up an assist on the Wings' only goal Sunday in their 3-1 loss to the Flyers.

Nielsen was really active in the game, nabbing three shots, blocking one from the Flyers and tallying three hits while turning in a plus-one effort.

February 17, 2019 03:56 PM
Red Wings' Frans Nielsen: Suiting up Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nielsen (illness) will rejoin the lineup Sunday against Philadelphia.

Nielsen was held out Saturday due to his ailment. The 34-year-old has nine goals and 30 points this season and should jump back into his usual top-six role.

February 16, 2019 10:56 AM
Red Wings' Frans Nielsen: Won't play Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nielsen (illness) won't suit up against the Flyers in Philadelphia on Saturday, but Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill thinks the forward will be ready for Sunday's home clash with that same team.

Nielsen secured the game-winning goal against the Senators on Thursday, counting as his second tally of 2019. Fortunately, it doesn't sound like his malady is too severe. He remains an important utility player for the Red Wings, but the Wings are expecting Tyler Bertuzzi (upper body) to take his place Saturday.

February 15, 2019 01:28 PM
Red Wings' Frans Nielsen: Dealing with illness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nielsen didn't practice Friday due to a "stomach bug."

Coach Jeff Blashill isn't sure if Nielsen will be available Saturday against the Flyers, so his status for that contest could come down to a game-time decision. Confirmation on Nielsen's availability against Philadelphia should surface once Detroit takes the ice for pregame warmps.

February 15, 2019 04:48 PM
Red Wings' Frans Nielsen: Finds back of net Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nielsen notched a goal and a plus-1 rating on four shots during Thursday's 3-2 victory over the Senators.

Although his 14:21 of ice time fell well below his season average of 16:57, Nielsen made up for it by flinging four shots on goal for just the sixth time all season. The veteran pivot has picked up the pace again after a down year in 2017-18, collecting 30 points through 54 games. He could challenge 50 points for the first time since joining the Red Wings if he continues at his current rate.

January 20, 2019 09:00 PM
Red Wings' Frans Nielsen: Rare multi-point effort
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nielsen scored a goal and an assist in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Canucks.

The veteran center's last multi-point performance came in early December, when he notched a hat trick against Tampa Bay. Nielsen now has eight goals and 28 points through 46 games, putting him on pace for another respectable campaign with 45-50 points.

December 30, 2018 11:44 AM
Red Wings' Frans Nielsen: Sneaks in helper
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nielsen stacked a power-play assist against a minus-2 rating in Saturday's 5-1 road loss to the Stars.

While it was nice to see Nielsen factor into his team's only goal, there's been a disturbing trend with his overall possession metrics. His 44.9 Corsi For percentage is a career low, with the rate dipping for four straight years starting with his final campaign as an Islander in 2015-16. There's still value with a forward averaging 0.64 points per game, but he's hardly the fantasy asset he once was riding shotgun with John Tavares.

December 10, 2018 11:20 PM
Red Wings' Frans Nielsen: Scoring pace picking up
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nielsen lit the lamp in Monday's 3-1 home win over the Kings.

Jonathan Quick denied Nielsen from close range, but the savvy pivot corraled his own rebound and made good on the second-chance attempt. It's been an odd season for Nielsen, as he produced 14 assists without scoring through the first two months of the season, but now has five goals without a single helper through six December contests.

December 5, 2018 03:53 PM
Red Wings' Frans Nielsen: Explodes with surprising hat trick
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nielsen netted a hat trick during Tuesday's 6-5 shootout loss to Tampa Bay.

Coming into the game with only one goal on the season, Nielsen arbitrarily exploded this time around. Known more for his general special teams and shootout skills -- Nielsen was actually denied in that very spot this time out -- the Danish center now has four goals and 18 points in 24 appearances this season.

November 26, 2018 11:12 PM
Red Wings' Frans Nielsen: Salvgaing fantasy value via helpers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nielsen garnered two assists -- including a power-play apple -- in a 7-5 home loss to the Blue Jackets on Monday.

Nielsen only had one shot in the barnburner, as he continues to defer to his teammates to an alarming degree. The Dane has yet to score outside of the shootout this year, and Nielsen's saving grace is that he does have 14 helpers through 20 games. However, you'd think he would be more apt to shoot given that he's a top-six skater with a man-advantage role.

November 14, 2018 12:24 AM
Red Wings' Frans Nielsen: Delivering plenty of helpers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nielsen set up two goals in Tuesday's 6-1 home win over the Coyotes.

Nielsen has turned back the clock as far as his offensive game is concerned. He's picked up eight apples over the last seven games, plus the Wings have six wins over that span, so if you haven't already, check the waiver wire to see if the do-it-all center is available for the taking.

November 10, 2018 10:24 PM
Red Wings' Frans Nielsen: More shootout magic
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nielsen recorded a secondary assist in regulation before sealing a 4-3 road win against the Hurricanes with a shootout goal Saturday.

Nielsen, who returned from a concussion Friday night against the Rangers, increased his assist total to eight through 13 games, but he has yet to score a goal in a non-shootout situation this season. Still, the first Danish citizen to make it into the NHL continues to set the standard for skaters in the skills competition, as he leads the league in that category with 49 daggers.

November 9, 2018 12:08 PM
Red Wings' Frans Nielsen: Back in business
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nielsen (concussion) is slated to return Friday against the Rangers.

Nielsen was on a roll with four assists over as many games prior to sustaining his injury. The Wings deploy the Dane in all situations -- including the power play and penalty kill -- but seldom has he been a difference maker in fantasy matchups. Nielsen has zero goals, with six helpers representing his entire point total as he works against a minus-7 rating this season.

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