Nelson scored a power-play goal on four shots and added two PIM in a 4-1 win over the Devils on Thursday. He also went 9-for-11 (81.8 percent) in the faceoff circle.
It was a productive night for the 29-year-old, who closed out the scoring with a nifty deflection from the slot early in the third period. The goal was the first of the season for Nelson, who is coming off back-to-back 25-goal, 50-point campaigns. He won't single-handedly win fantasy managers a league championship, but he provides bankable production as a depth center.
Nelson has become one of the better number two centers in the league under Barry Trotz, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
With Trotz at the helm, Nelson has put up back-to-back 53-and 54-point seasons and may have hit the 30-goal mark if last season wasn't truncated due to the pandemic. The Islanders are strong down the middle with Matthew Barzal (unsigned), Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Nelson. Sure there are teams with a stronger center or two, but as a group, this is one of the strongest positions on the team. Nelson will likely stay with Josh Bailey and Anthony Beauvillier even if Barzal were to remain unsigned and miss the beginning of the season. It is expected that Pageau would be ticketed to move up to play with Anders Lee and Jordan Eberle if that situation were to arise. The Islanders would prefer to have as few disruptions as possible and don't want to fix what isn't broken, and the Nelson line may actually be their best.
Nelson scored a goal on two shots in Sunday's 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 4.
Nelson added one to his personal highlight reel midway through the second period, showing good strength on the puck high in the offensive zone to create space before sniping a shot past Andrei Vasilevskiy. Unfortunately for Nelson and the Islanders, Tampa Bay responded just 15 seconds later with the first of four unanswered goals. Nelson's goal was his ninth of the postseason, tying him for the team lead and putting him one behind league leader Bo Horvat.
Nelson scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in Friday's 5-3 win over the Lightning in Game 3.
Nelson set up Anthony Beauvillier for the Islanders' third goal of the contest. The two reversed roles to regain the lead with 3:25 remaining in the third period. Nelson's tally was his eighth of the playoffs, and his third game-winner. He's added nine assists, 50 shots on net, 31 hits and a plus-6 rating in 19 games.
Nelson is expected to be in action versus Tampa Bay in Game 3 on Friday, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
Nelson left Game 2 with an undisclosed injury and missed a period before returning to the bench. After racking up 15 points in his first 16 postseason contests, the center is still looking for his first point in the Eastern Conference finals. If the Isles are going to climb out of the 2-0 series deficit, they will need Nelson to rediscover his scoring touch soon.
Nelson (undisclosed) returned to the Islanders' bench for Wednesday's Game 2 against Tampa Bay, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Nelson left the game in the first period after getting hit from behind by Alex Killorn, but only missed a period before returning to action. Now back with the team, he'll resume his usual role as the team's second-line center and on the power play.
Nelson (undisclosed) left Wednesday's Game 2 against Tampa Bay and hasn't returned, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Nelson was hit hard after the play and from behind by Tampa Bay's Alex Killorn, who was assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct for the hit. It's likely that Nelson was placed in concussion protocol, so the fact that he's not on the bench for the start of the second period is a negative sign. As long as Nelson is sidelined, Jean-Gabriel Pageau could get a look on the team's first power-play unit.
Nelson had a goal and two assists with four shots in Saturday's 4-0 win versus Philadelphia in Game 7. He also had two PIM and was a plus-3.
Nelson was named the game's No. 1 star following a dominant performance. He put the Islanders up 3-0 midway through the second period, converting a 2-on-1 rush, and assisted on goals by Andy Greene and Anthony Beauvillier. Nelson finished the series with a flourish, collecting four goals and seven points over the last four games. The seventh-year Islander has taken his game to another level this season, first matching his career high with 26 goals in only 68 regular season games, and now following that up with 15 points in 16 playoff tilts.
Nelson scored a goal on three shots in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss to Philadelphia in Game 5. He also had three hits and two PIM.
Nelson blasted a long-range one-timer past Carter Hart to pull the Islanders to within 3-2 with 4:14 left in the third period. New York's Derick Brassard tied the game a minute-and-a-half later to force overtime. Nelson had a chance to win it early in the extra session but was denied by Hart on a breakaway. A five-time 20-goal scorer, Nelson has collected six goals and five assists through 14 playoff games.
Nelson scored a pair of goals on five shots in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Flyers in Game 4.
Nelson opened the scoring at 6:52 of the second period and added what would be the game-winner in the third. Entering Sunday, Nelson had been limited to two assists in his last six games. The 28-year-old is up to five tallies, five helpers and 26 shots on net through 13 contests.
Nelson scored a goal in Friday's 5-2 win over the Capitals in Game 2.
Nelson got loose on a breakaway and restored a one-goal lead for the Islanders just after Alex Ovechkin's second-period equalizer. The Islanders potted another pair in the third, and Nelson's tally stood as the game-winner. The 28-year-old is on a four-game point streak with three tallies and three helpers in that span.
Nelson picked up two assists, one of them short-handed, in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Capitals during Game 1.
He was in on both the tying and winning goals, with the latter coming while the Isles were down a man -- Nelson stole the puck from Alex Ovechkin in the corner and then found Josh Bailey in the slot for a one-timer past Braden Holtby. After being held off the scoresheet in the Islanders' first two playoffs games, Nelson now has two goals and five points in the last three contests.
Nelson scored a power-play goal and added an even-strength assist during Friday's 5-1 win over the Panthers in Game 4 of their Stanley Cup Qualifier.
After helping to set up Anthony Beauvillier for the game's first goal midway through the first period, Nelson ripped home his own tally in the second. After being held off the scoresheet through the first two games of the series, the 28-year-old heads into the round having racked up two goals and three points in his last two contests.
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.
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