Nieto managed an assist in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Sharks in Game 4.
Nieto has a three-game point streak with two goals and a helper. He also blocked four shots Thursday. Nieto has contributed seven points in nine postseason games, earning some attention as a depth scoring winger with budget DFS appeal.
Nieto scored a goal and added two PIM in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 3.
Nieto has provided solid depth scoring for the Avalanche with four tallies and two assists over eight postseason appearances. He's shooting 28.6 percent on 14 shots in the playoffs, well above his career rate of 8.9 percent. The productive burst can make the third-line winger useful for DFS formats.
Nieto scored his third goal of the playoffs in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Sharks. This was the first of the three to come at even strength, Ron Knabenbauer of NHL.com reports.
Nieto isn't much of a scorer for the Avs (4-19-23 this season), but he was able to step up against his original team Sunday. "I think our line was grinding all night. We're in the offensive zone, not really getting a whole lot of looks but working down there and playing in the O-zone," Nieto said. "To get that one, where it is just sitting on the goal line and we're all battling to get there, that was nice."
Nieto registered an assist and two hits in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime win against the Flames in Game 4.
Nieto has registered two goals and two helpers in his last three games. He doesn't contribute a whole lot in other categories, with only three hits and seven shots in the series, but while the points are piling up, Nieto could be worth a look for DFS players.
Nieto scored a shorthanded goal and added a helper, two shots and a plus-2 rating in Monday's 6-2 win over the Flames in Game 3.
Nieto has three points in the series so far, a somewhat unexpected burst of depth scoring from the California native. With the Avalanche dominating Game 3, there was plenty of offense to go around, but he may be worth a DFS look Wednesday while he's running hot.
Nieto potted a goal on three shots in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win against the Flames in Game 2 of their first-round series.
Nieto hadn't scored since Dec. 6, a span of 39 games interrupted by a lower-body injury. He had 23 points in 64 regular-season games, but without much of a physical edge to his game, he's likely safe to avoid in most fantasy formats.
Nieto (lower body) will suit up for Wednesday's matchup with the Golden Knights, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
Nieto is slated to take on a bottom-six role in his return to action following a 15-game stint on the shelf. The winger was bogged down in a 32-game goal drought prior to getting hurt, but did manage a decent 13 helpers over that stretch. The California native should be right around his season average of 13:40 of ice time the rest of the way, though injuries to Gabriel Landeskog (upper body) and Mikko Rantanen (undisclosed) could open up some more opportunities for Nieto.
Nieto (lower body) will miss 6-to-8 weeks, AJ Haefele of BSN Denver reports.
This very well could put Nieto on the shelf for the remainder of the regular season, but it's worth noting that he has yet to be placed on injured reserve. Expect more playing time from rookie Sheldon Dries and veteran Gabriel Bourque in Nieto's absence.
Nieto (lower body) is out Monday against the Panthers and is considered week-to-week, Adrian Dater of BSN Denver reports.
This means this injury turned out to be more serious than expected. Nieto will now end up missing at least a few games, if not more, which will likely mean more playing time for Sheldon Dries.
As expected, Nieto (lower body) will not play Saturday against the Predators.
Nieto was previously listed as doubtful, so it's hardly a surprise that the second-round pick (San Jose, 2011) will sit this one out. The penalty-killing specialist should be considered day-to-day ahead of Monday's game against the Panthers.
Nieto (lower body) is unlikely to play Saturday versus the Predators, Adrian Dater of BSN Denver reports.
We're still waiting to hear about the severity and exact nature of Nieto's injury, but the Avalanche could turn to Gabriel Bourque as a fill-in winger in the meantime. Having already put up four goals and 18 assists through 58 games this season, Nieto's off to a career-best pace, so hopefully, his injury doesn't linger.
Nieto had two assists, one shorthanded, in Thursday's 4-1 victory over the Jets.
Nieto sprung J.T. Compher for a shorthanded breakaway in the second period, and then sauced a pass to Sven Andrighetto for a third-period insurance tally on a delayed penalty. He has four assists in seven games in February, bringing his season total to 19 points in 54 games. The winger doesn't add much in the way of physicality, so his appeal in many fantasy formats is severely limited.
Nieto wrapped up the first half with four goals and 11 assists over 47 games.
Nieto's seen his ice time dip more than a minute per game from a season ago, but his production hasn't suffered much as a result. Still, there's little to like about Nieto's situation from a fantasy perspective since he's locked into a defensive role. He remains on the radar in only the deepest leagues as the second half begins.
Nieto set up two goals in the Avalanche's 6-4 loss to the Coyotes on Saturday.
The points came after a little third-period line shuffling, following which Nieto found himself skating with studs like Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon. After putting up just three points in his first 17 games, Nieto has delivered a respectable 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in the next 17. He's a marginal fantasy play at this point -- he'll soon find himself back on the lower lines. But Saturday was a nice night.
Nieto (lower body) will play against the Kings on Wednesday, NHL.com reports.
Nieto missed two games prior to this one and three of Colorado's last four contests. He only has three points and 19 shots in 17 games, so fantasy owners may not be interested in him even though the Kings are starting Cal Petersen, their ostensible fourth-string goalie, in net.
Nieto (lower body) is out of the lineup against Anaheim on Sunday.
Nieto will miss his second straight game with the injury. He has just two goals and three points in 17 games on the year. Colorado's next game is Wednesday in Los Angeles.
Nieto (lower body) won't be in the lineup for Friday's game against the Capitals, Marc Moser of Altitude Sports 950 reports.
Nieto has only notched two goals and three points in 17 games this campaign, so his absence will likely go unnoticed by most fantasy owners. Sven Andrighetto (lower body) will come off injured reserve and replace Nieto in the lineup against Washington.
Nieto has two goals in his last four games, though they are his only two goals of the season.
Last year, Nieto set a new personal best with 15 goals, but that required a 17.9 shooting percentage. To put things into perspective, his previous best shooting percentage was 11.5. Though the 25-year-old has lit the lamp twice recently, it seems unlikely that Nieto will suddenly emerge as a legitimate scoring threat this year.
Nieto agreed to a two-year deal with the Avalanche on Friday.
The 25-year-old posted a career-high 15 goals last season during his second stint with the Avalanche. "Matt brings speed and offensive depth to our lineup," said Avalanche Executive Vice President/General Manager Joe Sakic. "He adds a lot of energy to our team and was a big part of our penalty kill this past season. We're excited to have him back for the next two years."
Nieto filed for salary arbitration Thursday, according to NHLPA.com.
Nieto received a qualifying offer from the Avalanche on June 25 but the two sides are apparently still at odds on a new deal.
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