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from Dana Wakiji of the Wings website,

It’s a homecoming of sorts for Frans Nielsen as he plays against the team that drafted him at a place he’s played many times, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Three games ago, Nielsen scored two goals, which tripled his season total.

Overall, Nielsen has three goals and three assists in 41 games, which is far from his customary output.

“I think Fransy, it hasn’t gone his way offensively but I do think through the course of the year he’s game has been building and getting better,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “He’s just more impactful on a shift-to-shift basis. He always cares a bunch, he always works really hard, he always plays accountable defensively. I think like anybody else, if you’re not scoring, it hits your confidence a little bit and I think that he’s got some of that back with a little bit more scoring.

“We’ve had him matched, it’ll be a little bit harder tonight, but we’ve had him matched against the other teams’ best and they’ve done a real good job with that. I think his game’s building for sure and we’re going to need it to continue to build.”

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/14/20 at 07:02 PM ET

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