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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
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

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

Depth Charts

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