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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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One Tampa player that is blossoming before our eyes this playoffs is Nikita Nesterov.
The 22-year-old defenseman, who skated in only 27 games this past regular season, has shined in 10 playoff contest to date registering five points and playing a strong two-way game. "He's been taking steps all along, and you can see he feels more comfortable and more confident with the puck and making plays," teammate Anton Stralman said of Nesterov. "It's been fun watching him grow." Nesterov could find himself a regular as the Bolt's sixth blueliner next season. He has some upside making him a nice reserve roster pick. May 23 - 11:18 AM

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Nikita Nesterov played 14:14 of ice time in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final on Wednesday night.

Nesterov, who has been serving as an extra defender when the Lightning dress seven blueliners, got some additional minutes because of an injury to Matt Carle. He contributed two assists in Tampa Bay's 6-5 overtime win and will likely fill in for Carle if he can't play Friday.
May 21 - 4:36 PM

Nikita Nesterov ended his seven-game point drought when he picked up a pair of assists in Wednesday's 6-5 overtime Game 3 victory.

Nesterov contributed a interference minor, with a shot, hit, takeaway during his 14:14 of work in addition to his two assists. The rookie defender now has four assists and five points through 10 games this postseason.
May 21 - 1:39 AM

Nikita Nesterov will dress for Game 2 Monday night in Madison Square Garden.

The Bolts will use the seventh defenseman for Game 2 Monday, which means Vladislav Namestnikov will be scratched. Nesterov has been a valuable asset for Tampa Bay during the 2015 playoffs, chipping in a goal and two helpers in the eight games he’s appeared in. Jonathan Drouin and Mark Barberio will remain healthy scratches. Drouin has played in only three games during the postseason and has yet to record a point while registering an ugly minus four rating in limited ice time. Barberio has yet to place this postseason.

Nikita Nesterov was made a late addition for Tuesday's Game Six against Montreal as Tampa Bay will go with seven defensemen.

Nesterov may have three points in seven games this postseason, but he has none since Game Two versus Detroit and hasn't played since Game One in this series.
May 12 - 7:38 PM

Defensemen Nikita Nesterov and Mark Barberio will watch from the press box for Game 3 Wednesday night versus Montreal.

Nesterov has been not dressed against the Canadiens as of yet and with the Lightning taking the first two games of the series in Montreal, we can’t imagine them changing their lineup. He did play in six of the seven games versus Detroit in the first round and scored a goal and two helpers. Barberio has yet to play in a postseason game this season after skating in just two last year. In 52 regular season games, he only picked up a goal and six assists with a minus four rating.
May 6 - 7:11 PM

It looks like the Tampa Bay Lightning will go into game two of their series against Montreal with the same lineup they used in game one.

That would mean that Nikita Nesterov, Mark Barberio and Jonathan Drouin will continue to sit for the Lightning. Tampa Bay is in a good spot right now as they defeated Montreal at the Bell Centre in game one, and they will look to take a commanding 2-0 lead on Sunday.
May 3 - 4:48 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
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