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Frans Nielsen | Center | #51

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (34) / 4/24/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 188
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 3 (87) / NYI
Contract: view contract details

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Frans Nielsen will join Team Denmark for the 2018 Worlds.
Nielsen is the all-time points leader for Denmark. He had 152 goals and 423 points in 764 career games. Denmark has some good young players now though as Bjorkstrand recorded 40 points in his first full season and Nikolaj Ehlers reached the 60-point milestone for the second straight campaign. Apr 10 - 3:40 PM

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Frans Nielsen scored a goal in a 4-3 loss to Toronto on Saturday.

It was Nielsen's 15th goal and 30th point in 72 games this season. This is the fifth season in a row that he's reached the 30-point milestone. That being said, he finished with at least 41 points in each of his previous four campaigns and he's likely to end up below that mark this time around.
Mar 25 - 10:07 AM

Frans Nielsen (upper body) has received the green light to return to action on Thursday night.

Nielsen missed three games while dealing with concussion-like symptoms. "You never know how bad it can be," he said after Wednesday's practice. "It can be small symptoms and can turn into something way worse. I was lucky it wasn't that bad." He is projected to play between Andreas Athanasiou and Justin Abdelkader on Thursday.
Mar 15 - 10:35 AM

Frans Nielsen (upper body) is hoping that he can make his return on Thursday.

Nielsen will miss his third straight game Monday night. He has 14 goals and 28 points in 66 contests this season. He did experience some concussion symptoms after being struck by David Backes on March 6, but they were relatively mild and didn't include issues like dizziness or sensitivity to light.
Mar 12 - 5:57 PM

Frans Nielsen (upper body) skated at Sunday's practice.

Nielsen had concussion symptoms after he was hit by Boston's David Backes on Mar. 6 and Sunday was his first time back on the ice. However, he just had a "little bit of a headache" and didn't experience other issues like a sensitivity to light or dizziness. "This was hopefully, just a quick one, and I'll be good to go to on the (West Coast) trip and be with them," he said. Consider him day-to-day.
Mar 12 - 8:46 AM

Frans Nielsen (upper body) has been ruled out for Thursday and Friday's games.

Nielsen will be re-evaluated next week. He left Tuesday's game after being struck high by David Backes. The NHL announced that Backes has been suspended for three games.
Mar 7 - 5:04 PM

Frans Nielsen suffered an upper-body injury in Tuesday's game against the Boston Bruins.

Nielsen was hurt after taking a hit from Bruins forward David Backes. The Red Wings have already announced that Nielsen won't be returning to tonight's game. The team will likely provide an update on his status after the game or in the coming days.
Mar 6 - 8:40 PM

Frans Nielsen's goal stood as the game-winner in a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night.

Nielsen's points streak is now at five games for Detroit. The centre now has seven points in that span. Dylan Larkin also scored for the Red Wings who've now won back-to-back games. Nielsen has 13 goals and 24 points in 55 games this season.
Feb 13 - 11:08 PM

Frans Nielsen earned a pair of assists in a 5-4 overtime win against Washington on Sunday.

Nielsen had helpers on goals by Justin Abdelkader and Luke Glendening in the match. He has accounted for one goal and four assists during a four-game point streak. Nielsen has posted 23 points in 54 contests this year.
Feb 12 - 10:32 AM

Frans Nielsen scored a goal in a 3-2 loss to Boston on Tuesday night.

Nielsen has accounted for two goals and three assists in the last six games. He has recorded just 20 points in 52 games this season, so successful stretches like this have been few and far between. However, he still shouldn't be on your fantasy radar at this time.
Feb 7 - 9:58 AM

Frans Nielsen scored his 11th goal of the season in a 3-2 overtime loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Nielsen ended an eight-game pointless skid in the process. He has produced 16 points in 47 matches this campaign.
Jan 24 - 9:37 AM

Frans Nielsen has excelled in the shootout over his career.

Nielsen has the most career shootout goals in the NHL with 47 over his 94 attempts. This season specifically he's three-for-four in the skills competition. Those numbers might not get a lot of attention most of the time, but it's a meaningful part of his upside to Detroit. "It’s an asset. It gives you points, and they’re big points," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "Here, and the course of his career, I’m sure he’s accumulated a lot of points for us and the (New York) Islanders. Last year our fortunes changed a lot in shootouts and a large part of it was because of Frans." Unfortunately, he hasn't been as desirable offensively outside of the shootout as he has nine goals and 14 points in 37 contests this season.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 05:04:00 AM

Frans Nielsen scored a goal shorthanded in a 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins.

Darren Helm made a beautiful play to steal the puck from Danton Heinen before feeding Nielsen who just squeaked one passed Tuukka Rask to tie the game with approximately five minutes remaining in the first frame. It's Nielsen's second shorthanded goal of the year, ninth overall and it brought his point total up to 14 in 35 games.
Sat, Dec 23, 2017 03:48:00 PM

Frans Nielsen scored the only goal for Detroit in a 6-1 loss to St. Louis on Saturday afternoon.

Nielsen's eighth marker of the season came in the third period after the Blues had a 4-0 lead. He has generated 12 points in 29 games this year. Luke Glendening and Jonathan Ericsson had the assists on the Red Wings' lone goal.
Sat, Dec 9, 2017 03:56:00 PM

Frans Nielsen potted a goal in a 6-3 loss to Montreal on Thursday night.

Nielsen registered a power-play goal late in the third period to round out the scoring. He ended an eight-game goalless slump in the process and now he has two points in his last two outings.
Fri, Dec 1, 2017 09:38:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Dylan Larkin
2Henrik Zetterberg
3Frans Nielsen
4Luke Glendening
LW1Anthony Mantha
2Justin Abdelkader
3Tyler Bertuzzi
4Darren Helm
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