Nelson has posted a career-best 26 goals and 54 points this season.
General manager Lou Lamoriello locked up three Islanders last offseason to new contracts. Those players were Anders Lee, Jordan Eberle, and Nelson. While Lee and Eberle have disappointed this season, Lamoriello looks to have made a smart decision with Nelson. Remember, Nelson has posted these career-high marks in only 68 games, and if the NHL resumes the regular season, he may be able to hit the 30-goal plateau. Nelson has developed into a solid second-line NHL center.
Nelson scored two goals on six shots and went plus-3 in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Canucks.
Nelson was locked in, twice providing a tying goal to keep the Islanders in the contest. The Minnesota native is up to 26 goals, which matches his career high from 2015-16. He's also set a career best in points with 54 in 68 appearances this season. The 28-year-old Nelson is usually a consistent scorer, which makes him reliable in fantasy.
Nelson scored an even-strength goal and added a power-play assist in Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the Canadiens.
Both points came in the third period after the Isles were already in a 4-0 hole. Nelson has three goals and seven points in the last seven games, and on the season he's up to 24 goals and 52 points -- both in striking distance of career highs for the 28-year-old.
Nelson doled out two assists and was a dominant 16-for-18 in the faceoff circle Sunday in a 4-1 win over the Sharks.
Nelson set up Devon Toews' second-period goal and picked up the secondary helper on Josh Bailey's empty-netter to close out the scoring. The multi-point performance gave Nelson 49 points in 61 games, drawing him closer to the career-high 53 points he had last year.
Nelson potted a goal on four shots in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Avalanche.
Nelson spoiled Pavel Francouz's shutout bid with the tally at 17:46 of the third period. The 28-year-old forward ended a four-game point drought with his goal. He's up to 46 points (22 scores, 24 helpers), 155 shots and a plus-6 rating through 59 contests.
Nelson collected three assists and two shots Monday in a 5-3 win over Washington.
Nelson was in on both of Anthony Beauvillier's first-period goals and added a third helper on Leo Komarov's tally in the second period. Nelson has at least one point in nine of his last 11 games, amassing six goals and eight assists during that stretch. The 28-year-old has been notoriously streaky over his seven NHL seasons, but he's on his way to a career year in 2019-20 with 21 goals and 45 points in 54 games. He entered the season with career highs of 26 goals (2015-16) and 53 points (2018-19).
Nelson scored a goal and an assist in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Canucks.
His tally earned the Isles a point, as he found the back of the net with 26 seconds left in the third period to tie things up. Nelson continues to surge, racking up six goals and nine points in his last seven games.
Nelson lit the lamp in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Rangers.
Nelson's insurance score was his 20th of the season, marking the fifth time in six years he's hit the mark. The one time he missed it he tallied 19. The 28-year-old is cemented in a top-six role, and he's on track to reach new career highs across all notable categories.
Nelson scored a power-play goal and added an even-strength assist in Monday's 6-2 loss to the Rangers.
The 28-year-old had been held scoreless in the prior four games, but Nelson snapped out of his mini-slump with his first multi-point effort since Dec. 21. On the year, he has 16 goals and 33 points through 44 contests.
Nelson will play on the top line Saturday versus the Maple Leafs with Anders Lee and Jordan Eberle, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
One could make an argument that the Islanders don't have a top line but really just two second lines, but either way, this is just coach Barry Trotz trying to get more goal scoring out of his offense. Nelson has had a solid season with 15 goals, 16 assists, and a rating of plus-3 in 39 games but is still miscast as a first-line center without elite wings. The Islanders have issues on offense and this won't be the last change Trotz is forced to make.
Nelson scored a goal on three shots and won 11 of 15 faceoffs (73.3 percent) in Tuesday's 8-3 loss to the Predators.
Nelson got the Islanders on the board with an unassisted effort early on the second period, his 12th goal of the season. The streaky Nelson has three goals and two assists over his last four games and his 26 points on the season leave him just one shy of Mathew Barzal for the team lead. Nelson's points tend to come in bunches, but he's a virtual lock to provide at least 20-25 goals when all is said and done.
Nelson picked up two assists in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win over the Sabres.
The second helper was the biggest, as he sprung Anthony Beauvillier for a breakaway three minutes into extra time that resulted in the winner. Nelson has five points (three goals, two assists) in the last five games, and on the year he's racked up an impressive 11 goals and 25 points through 31 contests.
Nelson scored two goals in Monday's 5-1 win over the Lightning.
With the Isles ahead 2-1, Nelson put the game out of reach with two tallies in the third period. He now has three goals in the last three games, and on the year the 28-year-old has 11 goals and 23 points through 29 contests.
Nelson scored a goal on three shots in a 3-2 overtime win versus the Golden Knights on Thursday.
Nelson gave the Islanders a 2-1 lead early in the third period when he potted his ninth goal of the year. The streaky Nelson had just one assist in his previous six games and he tends to score in bunches, so perhaps Thursday's goal is the start of another hot streak. For the season, Nelson has 21 points in 27 games.
Nelson managed an assist and three shots on goal in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Kings.
Nelson saw his five-game point streak end last Saturday in San Jose. The Islanders had only two goals during a three-game trip through California, which made points hard to find for Nelson. The 28-year-old forward has 20 points in 23 games this season. He's on pace to shatter his career high of 53 points, set last year. Even better -- Nelson's shooting 11.3 percent this year, compared to a career rate of 12.6 percent, so his success this year can be considered sustainable.
Nelson scored two goals Thursday, including the overtime winner to deliver the Islanders a 4-3 win over the Penguins.
Don't look now, but Nelson is riding a five-game, nine-point scoring streak that includes four goals. And his 19 points in 20 games put him on a near 80-point pace. It's hard to believe he'll sustain this pace. But right now, Nelson should be in your lineup.
Nelson scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, and added an assist in Tuesday's 5-4 victory over the Penguins.
The 28-year-old extended his personal point streak to four games with the performance, while the Isles tied a franchise record with at least one standings point in their 15th straight contests. Nelson hadn't found the back of the net since Oct. 19, but he stayed productive during his goal-scoring drought -- on the year, he now has six goals and 17 points in 19 games.
Nelson assisted on a pair of goals in Saturday's 4-3 shootout win over the Flyers. He also had four shots on goal.
Nelson helped the Islanders erase a 3-0 deficit in the third period, setting up goals by Anthony Beauvillier and Matthew Barzal (PP) that pulled New York to within a goal. Nelson also enjoyed a strong night in the faceoff circle, winning 13 of his 19 draws. The streaky Nelson is stuck in a 10-game goal drought, but he's been able to provide four assists over the last three games.
Nelson has failed to light the lamp in his last six games for the Islanders.
Nelson does have three assists during this span but has only managed two shots in his last three games. That's not good enough for a player who signed a six-year, $36 million contract during the summer. Injuries to several members of the forward depth for the Islanders may be impacting the play of Nelson, but he will need to find a way to put the puck on net and wrinkle the twine no matter who his wings are.
Nelson notched a pair of helpers in Thursday's 4-2 victory over Arizona.
It was the fourth multipoint game of the season for Nelson, who is off to a torrid pace this year with four goals and five assists in nine games, including a pair of gamewinners. If the 27-year-old center can maintain his scoring touch, he should be capable of topping the career-high 53 points he put up in 2019-20.
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