from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
Let’s face it: For both Nielsen and the Red Wings, 2020 was a dud.
“It was a tough year,” Nielsen said from his native Denmark, after helping put his kids to bed and thinking about the past season past and the season ahead (whenever that'll be).
From a team perspective, the Red Wings finished last in the NHL and won just 17 of 71 games (17-49-5).
The Wings weren't very good — and Nielsen didn't help.
Nielsen had, statistically, the worst season of his 14-year career. In 60 games, Nielsen had nine points (four goals, five assists), with a minus-13 plus-minus rating.
On a Red Wings’ team that needed more offensive production from a valued two-way center, Nielsen’s season was a gut punch.
“For me personally, I wasn’t, for sure, not even close to being happy about it,” Nielsen said. “About what I did (for the team).”