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Frans Nielsen | Center | #51

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (33) / 4/24/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 188
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 3 (87) / NYI
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Frans Nielsen netted his 46th career shootout goal on Saturday.
That moves Nielsen ahead of Radim Vrbata for the all-time lead. He has made good on 93 attempts compared to Vrbata's 105 and his 20 game-deciding goals has him tied with T.J. Oshie for the most overall. Nielsen has had a quietly productive start to the 2017-18 season away from the shootout, with six goals and eight points in 18 matches. Nov 13 - 9:55 AM

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Frans Nielsen notched a goal and an assist in Thursday's 6-3 loss to Calgary.

Nielsen has two goals and two helpers over a three-game point streak. His recent surge has given him six markers and eight points after 17 contests this year.
Nov 10 - 8:59 AM

Frans Nielsen skated in his 700th career game Sunday when Detroit visited Edmonton.

Nielsen's fifth goal of the season held up as the game winner in a 4-0 victory versus the Oilers. However, he hasn't done enough to warrant much fantasy attention so far. Nielsen also has no assists and 28 shots through 15 games this year.
Nov 6 - 10:04 AM

Frans Nielsen will play in Thursday's game against Ottawa.

Nielsen didn't participate in the morning skate because of an injury, but the team has decided that he's healthy enough to suit up. He has four goals in 13 games this season.
Nov 2 - 7:19 PM

Frans Nielsen didn't participate in Thursday's practice.

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill called Nielsen's absence precautionary, but then also called him a game-time decision for Thursday's contest, so we'll see. Nielsen has four goals and no assists in 13 contests this season.
Nov 2 - 12:46 PM

Frans Nielsen scored a couple of goals in a 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.

Nielsen opened the scoring shorthanded and then scored again with under two minutes remaining in regulation to bring the Red Wings to within one, unfortunately they couldn't muster up anything else. He now has four goals and zero assists in 11 games this season.
Oct 26 - 11:20 PM

Frans Nielsen scored the only goal in the shootout on Saturday night in a 2-1 win over Ottawa.

Nielsen has 20 game-deciding shootout goals, which is the most all-time in the NHL. It doesn't get him a point to add to his official totals, but Nielsen has the potential to win games for his team when the game goes beyond overtime. Nielsen has not recorded a regulation or extra time point in Detroit's first two games this year.
Oct 8 - 12:10 PM

Frans Nielsen scored two goals and an assist in Saturday’s 5-1 win over the Boston Bruins.

Nielsen has been a reliable 40 to 60 point scorer in the last four seasons. He had 17 goals and 41 points in 79 games in his first season with the Red Wings. Nielsen should be able to reach the 40-point mark again this season, but expecting him to produce more than that isn’t realistic.
Sep 23 - 9:44 PM

Frans Nielsen registered 41 points in 79 games during his first season with Detroit.

Nielsen signed a six-year contract worth $31.5 million with Detroit last summer. He finished fourth on the team in scoring after recording a pair of assists in Sunday's 4-1 win over New Jersey.
Apr 10 - 9:09 AM

Frans Nielsen found the back of the net in a 3-2 overtime loss to Montreal Saturday night.

Nielsen has 17 goals and 39 points in 78 games this season. Dylan Larkin also scored a goal in the losing effort. Matt Lorito, 26, registered an assist in his NHL debut.
Apr 8 - 9:47 PM

Frans Nielsen picked up a goal and an assist in a 5-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.

After inking a lucrative deal with the Red Wings last summer, Nielsen hasn't exactly lived up to his contract with just 36 points in 74 games this season. In his defence, he has been better of late with five points over his last six games. He's going to need to have a much better second season in Detroit if he hopes to get the Red Wings back to the playoffs. His assist came on a goal scored by Mike Green during the third period.
Mar 30 - 10:39 PM

Frans Nielsen scored Detroit's lone goal in a 4-1 loss to New York on Sunday.

Nielsen now has 14 tallies this year with 31 points in 64 games. The 32-year-old was held pointless in his previous five games.
Mar 12 - 11:21 PM

Frans Nielsen tallied a pair of goals in a 3-2 overtime win against Vancouver on Tuesday.

He gave the Red Wings a 2-0 lead after the first period, but the Canucks battled back to force the extra session. Nielsen scored one of his goals on the power play, where Detroit has heated up recently. The Wings have converted in six of the last nine games with the man advantage.
Mar 1 - 9:23 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Henrik Zetterberg
2Dylan Larkin
3Frans Nielsen
4Luke Glendening
LW1Tomas Tatar
2Anthony Mantha
3Justin Abdelkader
4Darren Helm
5Scott Wilson
RW1Gustav Nyquist
2Andreas Athanasiou
3Martin Frk
4Luke Witkowski
5David Booth
6Johan Franzen
D1Mike Green
2Trevor Daley
3Danny DeKeyser
4Niklas Kronwall
5Nick Jensen
6Jonathan Ericsson
7Xavier Ouellet
G1Jimmy Howard
2Petr Mrazek