Nilsson agreed to terms on a two-year, $5.2 million contract with Ottawa on Wednesday.
Nilsson was acquired by the Senators from the Canucks last season and went on to post an 11-11-0 record with two shutouts and a 2.90 GAA in 24 outings for Ottawa. At times, it appeared Nilsson surpassed Craig Anderson as the No. 1 option between the pipes, but new head coach D.J. Smith will likely face a difficult decision during training camp about who to go with for Opening Night.
Nilsson stopped 17 of 19 shots after replacing Craig Anderson midway through the first period of Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Blue Jackets.
The 29-year-old is an unrestricted free agent this summer, and while he didn't exactly shine in Ottawa, he didn't hurt his market value with a 2.97 GAA and .908 save percentage on the season. If Nilsson does return to the Senators, he could supplant Anderson at the top of the depth chart.
Nilsson turned aside 27 of 28 shots in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Rangers.
A shorthanded goal by young countryman Lias Andersson spoiled his shutout bid. Nilsson hasn't put together great overall stats since joining the Senators, but his 11-11-0 record is fairly impressive given the team's struggles.
Nilsson will guard the cage in Wednesday's road game against the Rangers, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Nilsson was decent in his last start Thursday against Florida, stopping 29 of 32 shots, but he ultimately suffered his 20th defeat of the campaign. The Swedish netminder will look to get back on track and snap his two-game losing streak in a road matchup with a Rangers team that's averaged 2.85 goals per game at home this season, 23rd in the NHL.
Nilsson made 29 saves in a 5-2 loss to Florida on Thursday night. He allowed three goals.
Nilsson kept the young Senators in this game, but they couldn't get the red light on nearly enough. He has been a sturdy soldier for the Sens, but his game is up and down. One night he stones the mighty Leafs; the next he allows six to the Orcas. There's not enough consistency in Nilsson's game to warrant activation right now.
Nilsson is in the starter's net Thursday as he prepares to face the visiting Panthers, TSN 1200 Ottawa reports.
Nilsson received three games off after the Canucks ripped him to the tune of six goals on 39 shots in a road start. He's only emerged the victor in 13 of 33 appearances (32 starts) between the Canucks and Senators this season, and we'll throw out another red flag in that the Panthers rank ninth in the league at three goals per game on the road.
Nilsson gave up six goals on 39 shots in Wednesday's 7-4 loss to the Canucks.
Nilsson was almost bailed out, as the Senators put on a four-goal rally in the third period, but he promptly gave up a second goal to Bo Horvat to effectively kill the rally. Nilsson's record dropped to 13-18-1 with a 3.04 GAA and a .907 save percentage. Wins are hard to come by for any Senators goalie this year, and matchups on the road against the Flames on Thursday and Oilers on Saturday are not recommended plays for Nilsson's fantasy owners.
Nilsson will start between the pipes in Wednesday's road clash with the Canucks, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Nilsson has won three of his last four contests and will go into Vancouver riding a two-game winning streak -- including a 35-save shutout against the Blues on March 14. In his last four outings, the Swede allowed seven goals while posting a 1.77 GAA and .948 save percentage. Nilsson will take on a Vancouver offense that has averaged 2.25 goals through eight games in March, good for 22nd in the league.
Nilsson made 35 saves in a 6-2 win over Toronto on Saturday.
Nilsson has had two massive, back-to-back wins over the Blues and now the Buds. And he has won three of his last four, allowing just seven goals in that span. Nilsson is officially hot. Take advantage.
Nilsson will start between the pipes in Saturday's game against the visiting Maple Leafs.
In his last outing, Nilsson helped Ottawa snap a four-game losing streak by shutting out the Blues on Thursday. The Swede is 2-1-0 in three starts so far in March, allowing just five goals while posting a 1.69 GAA and .948 save percentage. Nilsson and the Senators will face a tough Toronto offense Saturday -- the Maple Leafs average 3.56 goals per game on the road this season, good for second-best in the league.
Nilsson made 35 saves in a 2-0 win over the Blues on Thursday.
He helped the Sens snap a four-game skid. It was Nilsson's second shutout of the season and sixth of his NHL career. He has looked sharp this month -- he's 2-1 in three starts with just five goals against. Nilsson could be in line for a few more starts than usual given his recent results ... and the Sens' need to finish better than last overall. Otherwise, they surrender the best odds of the first-overall draft pick in June to Colorado.
Nilsson will tend the home goal in Thursday's game against St. Louis, Brent Wallace of TSN.ca reports.
Nilsson has started just three out of the last 10 games for the Senators, recording a 1-2-0 record to go along with a 4.45 GAA and .872 save percentage in that span. The 28-year-old has an average matchup, facing an offense that ranks 19th in goals per game this season (2.87). In a small sample size, Nilsson is 0-2-1 against the Blues in his career, accumulating an .841 save percentage and 4.28 GAA.
Nilsson allowed three goals on 30 shots in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Islanders.
Considering the team that he's forced to play behind, there's only so much that can be said about Nilsson's -- or any Ottawa goaltender's -- performance down the final stretch of the season. The 28-year-old has four losses in his last seven starts, and his record with Ottawa now stands at 8-9-0 with a 3.08 GAA and .910 save percentage.
Nilsson will get the starting nod at home versus the Islanders on Thursday.
Nilsson has been in goal in just two of the Sens' previous seven contests, in which he posted a disappointing .857 save percentage. The netminder figures to split duties the rest of the way with Craig Anderson, as the organization tries to decide whether to offer Nilsson a contract extension to stick around for a while longer or let him potentially walk in free agency this summer.
Nilsson stopped 30 of 32 shots in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Panthers.
The 28-year-old, who's on his sixth team in six NHL seasons, set a new career high with his 11th win of the year, eight of which have come in a Sens jersey. Nilsson doesn't have a lot of fantasy appeal, posting a 3.78 GAA and .898 save percentage over his last 10 outings, but he should continue to get a steady workload behind Craig Anderson.
Nilsson will patrol the road crease in Sunday's game versus the Panthers, TSN 1200 Ottawa reports.
It's tough enough for the Senators to secure wins with few offensive weapons, but Nilsson has been a liability in the blue paint of late, posting an .849 save percentage and 5.04 GAA over the last five games. The Panthers will make it difficult to pull out of this slump, as they rank 10th in the league with 3.16 goals per game.
Nilsson conceded six goals on 24 shots during Tuesday's 7-2 loss to the Capitals.
Nilsson was staked to a two-goal lead early in the first period, but the Senators fell apart afterward and he was replaced with Craig Anderson in the second. The 28-year-old has conceded three or more goals in each of his last six starts and is an even riskier fantasy play now that much of Ottawa's offense was traded out of town.
Nilsson will guard the visiting goal in Tuesday's game against Washington.
The 28-year-old hasn't been great in his last seven appearances, racking up a 3.20 GAA and .912 save percentage. Nilsson will have to be in top form when he takes on a Capitals offense that ranks sixth in goals for this campaign (210). The Swede is 1-4-1 with an .888 save percentage and 3.43 GAA in seven games against the Capitals in his career.
Nilsson made 27 saves in a 4-0 loss to New Jersey on Thursday.
The Senators were playing without forwards Matt Duchene, Mark Stone and Ryan Dzingel because they were held out to protect their health in the event of a trade. Nilsson could face a lot more nights like Thursday if all three are moved.
Nilsson will start Thursday's road matchup with New Jersey, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.
Nilsson will look to redeem a horrid outlier performance against the Blackhawks on Monday where he allowed four goals on 12 shots in the first period before getting the hook. In the five starts before Monday, the Swede went 3-2-0 while posting a 2.38 GAA and .934 save percentage. Nilsson will face a middle-of-the-pack Devils offense that's averaged 3.13 goals per game at home this season.
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