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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 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

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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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Henrik Zetterberg
2Frans Nielsen
3Dylan Larkin
4Luke Glendening
5Tomas Nosek
LW1Tomas Tatar
2Darren Helm
3Anthony Mantha
4Drew Miller
RW1Gustav Nyquist
2Andreas Athanasiou
3Justin Abdelkader
4Riley Sheahan
5Johan Franzen
6Joe Vitale
D1Mike Green
2Danny DeKeyser
3Jonathan Ericsson
4Xavier Ouellet
5Niklas Kronwall
6Ryan Sproul
7Nick Jensen
G1Petr Mrazek
2Jimmy Howard