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Frans Nielsen | Center | #51

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (32) / 4/24/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 188
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 3 (87) / NYI
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Frans Nielsen snapped his eight-game goal drought during Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Capitals.
It was a power play goal, too. He now has 11 goals (two on power play) and 27 points in 55 games this season. Feb 18 - 6:50 PM

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Frans Nielsen will take warm-ups in Saturday's match with Columbus, and is expected to play.

Warming up is a strong indicator that he'll play, so it'd be fairly surprising if he doesn't. He's posted 10 goals and 26 points along with 36 blocks and 46 hits.
Feb 11 - 3:06 PM

Frans Nielsen (upper body) is expected to return to the lineup in Columbus on Saturday.

Detroit's lone representative in the All-Star game has been well worth his dollar this season. He's posted 10 goals and 26 points along with 36 blocks and 46 hits.
Feb 10 - 3:46 PM

Frans Nielsen (upper body) skated on Wednesday in a no-contact jersey.

He hasn't been cleared for battle drills yet, but feels that will come soon. "Hopefully, it'll heal good enough that, at some point on this road trip, I'll be able to come back," said Nielsen. Coach Jeff Blashill isn't sure when Nielsen will be ready to return. He isn't eligible to come off injured reserve until Saturday, but he may not be ready to play until next week.
Feb 8 - 3:56 PM

Coach Jeff Blashill believes Frans Nielsen's shoulder injury is a short-term issue.

He was moved to the injured list on Monday, so he will miss at least the next two games for Detroit. Nielsen is considered day-to-day.
Feb 7 - 9:52 AM

Frans Nielsen (upper body) has been placed on injured reserve.

He hasn't played since Feb. 3 against the Islanders after he sustained an upper-body injury. The move allowed the Red Wings to activate Steve Ott. Nielsen will miss at least Detroit's next two games before he is eligible to come off injured reserve.
Feb 6 - 11:33 AM

Frans Nielsen won't play in Saturday's match with the Predators due to an upper body injury.

Through 51 games this season the veteran pivot has posted 10 goals and 26 points along with 36 blocks and 46 hits. He is considered day-to-day for now.
Feb 4 - 1:58 PM

Frans Nielsen suffered an upper-body injury in Friday's win over the New York Islanders.

Nielsen didn't come out for the start of the third period and never returned at any point after that. Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said the team would know more about Nielsen's injury after Saturday's morning skate. He's day-to-day at this point.
Feb 4 - 9:41 AM

Frans Nielsen was the only member of the Atlantic division to not pick up a point during the 10-6 loss to the Metro in Sunday's All-Star game.

It wasn't for a lack of trying as Nielsen put a shot on net over his nearly seven minutes of work.
Jan 29 - 6:00 PM

Frans Nielsen scored the first goal of the game in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

Nielsen's play has really picked up since he was place on a line between Athanasiou and Vanek on January 5th. During that stretch, Nielsen has picked up seven points in eight games and is an intriguing option in fantasy circles if you're in need of a boost. He now has 26 points in 46 games for the Red Wings. Darren Helm scored the other goal for Detroit in the loss.
Jan 20 - 10:39 PM

Frans Nielsen will be Detroit's representative at the NHL All-Star Game.

"It's going to be fun, for sure. It's something I'm very proud of and really excited to be a part of," Nielsen said. "It's an honor." Nielsen ranks third on the team with 22 points in 40 games and he has scored eight goals, which makes him a bit of a strange choice.
Jan 10 - 4:29 PM

Frans Nielsen posted an assist in Thursday’s 4-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

His line, between Thomas Vanek and Andreas Athanasiou, combined to score Detroit's first three goals of the match. "Nielsen and Vanek have been good together," coach Jeff Blashill said. "Vanek thinks the game at a whole different level beyond most players, and Nielsen can give and go with him. AA gave them some speed on that line." Nielsen has collected 20 points in 39 games for the Red Wings.
Jan 6 - 9:20 AM

Frans Nielsen picked up another helper for Detroit during Thursday's 3-2 overtime win over the Senators.

He has points in three of his last five games. For the season the veteran center has 11 assists and 19 points in 36 games thus far.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 12:43:00 AM

Frans Nielsen has not disappointed as Detroit's second-line center this season.

Detroit didn't fare as well with additions like Stephen Weiss and Brad Richards, but Nielsen has enjoyed a solid start. "He's been what we thought," coach Jeff Blashill said. "He's a competitor, he competes extremely hard. He plays in all different facets of the game. He's very good defensively, very good on the power play. He's been a real good player for us overall." He has been playing with Thomas Vanek and Gustav Nyquist recently, while generating eight goals and 18 points in 34 matches.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 10:26:00 AM

Frans Nielsen scored a goal in regulation and he added the shootout winner in Detroit's 4-3 win over the Panthers.

Nielsen tied the game at three with under seven minutes in regulation. The Red Wings forward finished the game with five shots on goal and two blocked shots while winning 56 percent of his face-offs. Nielsen has eight goals, 10 assists and a minus-13 rating in 34 games this season. Anthony Mantha and Drew Miller also scored for the Wings.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 11:28:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Dylan Larkin
2Frans Nielsen
3Darren Helm
4Luke Glendening
LW1Henrik Zetterberg
2Tomas Tatar
3Anthony Mantha
4Steve Ott
RW1Thomas Vanek
2Gustav Nyquist
3Andreas Athanasiou
4Justin Abdelkader
5Riley Sheahan
6Tomas Jurco
7Johan Franzen
8Joe Vitale
D1Mike Green
2Danny DeKeyser
3Jonathan Ericsson
4Xavier Ouellet
5Brendan Smith
6Niklas Kronwall
7Ryan Sproul
8Nick Jensen
G1Petr Mrazek
2Jimmy Howard