Frans Nielsen C NYI 1 month ago

Nielsen played through a high-ankle sprain during the latter portion of the season, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.

Nielsen initially suffered the injury in February, then played through the issue until he aggravated it again in early April. While he didn't miss any significant time because of the sprain and suited up for all seven of the Isles' postseason games, he's still bothered by the injury and will be unable to play for Denmark during May's IIHF World Championships as a result. A few weeks of rest should be all he needs to get ready for training camp.

Frans Nielsen C NYI 1 month ago

Nielsen scored the team's only goal in Monday's Game 7 loss to the Capitals.

The team mustered just 11 shots on goal Monday, but Nielsen provided two of them as he wrapped up his playoffs with two points. The center will enter the 2015-16 season in the final year of his contract as he figures to resume his role as a top-six forward, centering the team's second line.

Frans Nielsen C NYI 2 months ago

Nielsen (undisclosed) is taking pregame rushes prior to Wednesday's matchup against the Capitals, Newsday's Arthur Staple reports.

Nielsen had missed three straight games due to an undisclosed ailment, but looks to be ready to go for the opening round of the playoffs. He projects to skate on the Isles' second line.

Frans Nielsen C NYI 2 months ago

Nielsen (undisclosed) returned to pracice Monday and should play Wednesday versus the Capitals, according to Newsday.

Nielsen has been battling a lower body injury for the past few weeks but should be ready to go for Wednesday's playoff opener versus the Caps. His role could be a vital one as he will center the second line, a line that may have to produce more offense than usual if the Capitals sell out on defense to stop John Tavares and the top line.

Frans Nielsen C NYI 2 months ago

Nielsen (undisclosed) will not play Friday against the Penguins, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.

Though Nielsen joined the Islanders for the trip to Pittsburgh and was on the ice for the team's optional skate, he'll be given an additional day off in order to recover from the injury. All indications seem to be that the ailment is a minor one, so it remains possible that Nielsen will be cleared to return to the lineup for Saturday's season finale against the Blue Jackets. Tyler Kennedy will replace Nielsen on Friday.

Frans Nielsen C NYI 2 months ago

Nielsen (undisclosed) is with the Islanders. in Pittsburgh and could play Friday.

Nielsen has been bothered by a lower body injury for a few weeks and his availability for the game Friday will probably be determined in the pre-game skate. The Islanders did however clinch a playoff spot Thursday and could decide to play it safe and hold him out until Saturday's game back on Long Island.

Frans Nielsen C NYI 2 months ago

Nielsen (undisclosed) is unlikely to play Friday versus the Penguins, according to Newsday.

Nielsen didn't practice Thursday so it wouldn't seem wise to just throw him back into game action without taking some precaution. However, the Islanders could be in a battle for their playoff lives if Ottawa defeats the Rangers on Thursday and this could force the Islanders and Nielsen to do something they ordinarily wouldn't.

Frans Nielsen C NYI 2 months ago

Nielsen will serve as a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game against the Flyers.

The Islanders' glut of forwards will force Nielsen out of lineup, despite his strong production (14 goals, 43 points in 78 games) in a depth role this season. Nielsen doesn't appear to be on track to lose out on a regular role; instead, it's likely just a means of getting Michael Grabner some duty after the Austrian winger was forced to serve as a scratch for the last several contests.

Frans Nielsen C NYI 2 months ago

Nielsen (undisclosed) will return to the lineup Thursday against the Blue Jackets.

Nielsen was forced to leave Wednesday's practice with the injury, but he appeared to be fine after rejoining the team for on-ice work Thursday morning. Look for him to play his usual 15-to-18 minutes on the Isles' second line, where he's projected to center Josh Bailey and Kyle Okposo.

Frans Nielsen C NYI 2 months ago

Nielsen (unspecified issue) left the ice midway through Wednesday's practice.

At this stage, coach Jack Capuano has not confirmed whether Nielsen will play in Thursday's game against Columbus, but it doesn't sound as though the forward has suffered much of an injury setback. "He's been taking some maintenance days, so today's no different," Capuano noted Wednesday. "We've given him some time to rest and heal and we've had him, so we'll talk to our trainers and see where we're at."