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Nikita Nesterov | Defenseman

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (22) / 3/28/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 183

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Nikita Nesterov will be scratched for Game One against the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night.
Nesterov had an impressive opening round against Ottawa with three points in six games, this comes after posting seven points in 27 regular season games during his rookie campaign. However this will his second straight game in the press box. May 1 - 5:48 PM

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Nikita Nesterov is expected to play as Tampa Bay's seventh defenseman again in Game 7.

He logged just 5:16 of ice time in that capacity during Game 6 on Monday night. Nesterov registered one goal and two assists in the first two games of the series.
Apr 29 - 6:07 PM

Nikita Nesterov is back in the Bolts lineup Monday night for Game 6 versus the Red Wings.

The Lightning will elect to dress seven defensemen and 11 forwards for Game 6, which means Nesterov will be back on the ice. Even though Nesterov was a helathy scratch in Game 5, he is still second on the team in scoring during the postseason. He’s registered a goal and two assists from the back-end with four shots on goal while averaging 13:40 of ice time a game. J.T Brown will be a healthy scratch to make room for Nesterov.
Apr 27 - 8:06 PM

Nikita Nesterov indicated he was going to play in Game 6, but based on the morning skate he could be scratched again.

If he does play the the Lightning could be using seven defenseman and 11 forwards like they did in Game 4's 3-2 overtime win. Nesterov was a healthy scratch in Game 5 on Saturday.
Apr 27 - 4:34 PM

Nikita Nesterov is leading the Tampa Bay Lightning in playoff scoring.

He has collected one goal and two assists in three games. "He's definitely grown a lot, especially offensively," said defense partner Anton Stralman. "You can just see that he feels more comfortable out there, he's jumping into spaces, he's carrying the puck well and he's taking steps every game. It's fun to be out there with him and get a close up." He had seven points in 27 contests during the regular season. This is a both a good and a bad sign for the Lightning. Obviously, it's good to see the young blueliner contributing, but it also means that Tampa Bay isn't getting enough offense from its top guns.
Apr 22 - 10:30 AM

Nikita Nesterov tallied a goal in Tampa Bay's 3-2 loss to Detroit in the opening game of the playoffs.

He had three shots and three hits in 17:01 of ice time during his NHL playoff debut. Nesterov started the season in Syracuse of the AHL, but he's become a regular on the back end for the Lightning and he's been seeing ice time on the second power-play unit. Going back to the regular season, the 22-year-old has a four-game point streak (two goals, two assists).
Apr 17 - 10:18 AM

Nikita Nesterov scored a goal in Saturday's 3-2 shootout win over Boston.

Nesterov's goal at the 5:12 mark of the third period gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead in the game. The 22-year-old finished the season with three goals and seven points in 27 games this season. Nesterov is usually the extra defenseman in Tampa Bay, but with the injuries they've suffered on the blueline, he will probably suit up in the playoffs.
Apr 12 - 12:09 PM

Nikita Nesterov will sit for his fifth straight game on Tuesday night against Florida.

Through 20 games Nesterov has produced four points, 12 PIMs, 12 blocks, and 28 hits. He may not be a fantasy juggernaut, but the talent to be an effective NHL player is certainly there.
Source: Corey Long
Mar 24 - 7:24 PM

Nikita Nesterov will be Tampa Bay’s lone healthy scratch Friday night versus Detroit.

Nesterov hasn't quite found his stride as a fantasy contributor from the blue line. Through 20 games he's produced four points, 12 PIMs, 12 blocks, and 28 hits. Not too shabby for the 21 year old rookie, but not good enough to earn a spot on your squad.
Source: Corey Long
Mar 20 - 6:09 PM

Nikita Nesterov will be Tampa Bay’s lone healthy scratch Monday night versus Montreal.

Nesterov was held out of Tampa’s last game on Saturday versus Winnipeg and will be scratched for a second straight game. The 21-year-old Russian has played in 20 games this season, picking up a goal and three assists with 12 penalty minutes. He carries no fantasy value.
Mar 16 - 5:38 PM

Nikita Nesterov will be scratched versus the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night.

Through 20 games this season, the rookie defender Nesterov has compiled just four points, 12 PIMs, and 28 hits this season.
Source: Corey Long
Mar 14 - 5:48 PM

Nikita Nesterov is a healthy scratch in Tuesday's game against Montreal.

J.T. Brown (upper-body) will have miss the Atlantic Division clash at the Bell Centre on Tuesday.
Mar 10 - 7:44 PM

Nikita Nesterov will be scratched against the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.

Over 19 games this season, the rookie defender Nesterov has not produced much in the way of fantasy value. He's recorded just four points, 11 blocks, 12 PIMs, and 27 hits thus far.
Source: Corey Long
Mar 7 - 6:01 PM

Nikita Nesterov will be scratched against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.

Through 18 games this season, the rookie Nesterov has accumulated four points, 11 blocks, 12 PIMs, and 26 hits. Not much fantasy value there.
Mar 3 - 6:56 PM

Nikita Nesterov scored a pretty one for his first career NHL goal in Monday night's 3-2 loss to Los Angeles.

After Ondrej Palat willed his way through the Kings' defense, finishing with a falling forehand far-side shot, the puck found Nesterov by the left dot as he followed up the play. The rookie Russian defender settled the puck and put home his first midway through the opening frame. Thirteen games into Nesterov's career, he has a goal, three points, and 12 PIMs.
Feb 17 - 4:02 AM

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C1Steve Stamkos
2Tyler Johnson
3Valtteri Filppula
4Brian Boyle
5Vladislav Namestnikov
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Alex Killorn
3Cedric Paquette
4Brenden Morrow
5Jonathan Marchessault
RW1Ryan Callahan
2Nikita Kucherov
3Jonathan Drouin
4J.T. Brown
D1Victor Hedman
2Jason Garrison
3Anton Stralman
4Matt Carle
5Braydon Coburn
6Nikita Nesterov
7Andrej Sustr
8Mark Barberio
9Mattias Ohlund
G1Ben Bishop
2Andrei Vasilevskiy