Nielsen (upper-body) will likely return to the lineup on Saturday.
Nielsen missed the last three games with an upper-body injury that he suffered last Friday vs. the Islanders. Nielsen is set to return tomorrow and should skate between Tomas Tatar and Dylan Larkin tomorrow. Nielsen has had one of his worst seasons in a long time, having recorded just 26 points (10G / 16A) in 51 games in his first year with the Red Wings.
The Red Wings have signed Frans Nielsen to a six-year deal worth $31.5 million ($5.25M AAV).
Nielsen has flown under the radar for much of his NHL career, but has finally been rewarded with a huge deal in Detroit. He has averaged 20 goals and 39 assists per 82 games in his last three years with the Islanders and will fill the hole left by Pavel Datsyuk’s departure for the Red Wings. He is a solid two-way centre, who creates offence for his line mates while also helping out Detroit’s special teams on both the power play and penalty kill.
Nielsen was listed as questionable for tonight’s game, but he will be in the lineup tonight in Columbus. Nielsen comes in with two goals and one assist in his last six games and 42 points (14G / 28A) in 76 games this season.
Nielsen (hand) has been activated from IR and is expected to play tonight.
Nielsen has missed the last two games with a broken hand that he suffered after being slashed by Erik Johnson before the break. Nielsen is expected to centre the top line with Thomas Vanek and Kyle Okposo on his wings.
Nielsen (broken hand) was placed on injured reserve, retroactive to February 8.
With John Tavares out for the rest of the season, Nielsen is expected to become the Islanders top centre, however they will be without him as well until he fully recovers from a broken hand. Nielsen should be back by this time next week.