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2023 Stats

Plus-Minus Goals Scored For or Against Total
Time On Ice Per Game
Penalty Minutes
Regular Season 3 4 5 11:37 4

Top Matt Nieto News

  • Penguins' Matt Nieto: Has knee surgery

    Nieto underwent reconstructive MCL surgery on his left knee surgery May 2, the team announced Wednesday. He's expected to require six-to-seven months to recover.

    Nieto last played Nov. 30, 2023 and underwent laparoscopic surgery on his right knee back in January. His new timetable suggests that he won't return until November at the earliest. Nieto should be in the mix for a bottom-six role once he's healthy.

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  • Penguins' Matt Nieto: Suffers secondary injury

    Nieto (knee) sustained an undisclosed injury while rehabbing from his knee surgery. The center could find himself heading back under the knife ahead of the 2024-25 campaign, Seth Rorabaugh of Tribune-Review Sports reports.

    Nieto was limited to a mere 22 appearances this season in which he tallied a meager five points. At this point, there seems to be some concern that Nieto won't be fully healthy in time for the start of next season.

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  • Penguins' Matt Nieto: Ends season on shelf

    Nieto only drew into 22 games in an injury-riddled campaign in 2023-24.

    Nieto only managed four points through the 22 games he was healthy for, so fantasy managers don't need to track his status.

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  • Penguins' Matt Nieto: Out 6-8 weeks

    Nieto underwent successful laparoscopic surgery Thursday and is expected to miss the next 6-8 weeks.

    Nieto was injured Nov. 30 in Tampa Bay and has missed the last 14 games. He has a goal and four points in 22 games this season in a bottom-six role.

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  • Penguins' Matt Nieto: Shifts to LTIR

    Nieto (lower body) was moved to long-term injured reserve Tuesday, per CapFriendly.

    Nieto is eligible to be activated whenever he is ready, but coach Mike Sullivan said Tuesday that the Pittsburgh forward is still facing an extended absence. Nieto, who hasn't played since Nov. 30, has chipped in four points, 13 shots on goal, nine blocked shots and 12 hits over 22 outings this season.

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  • Penguins' Matt Nieto: Return not imminent

    Nieto (lower body) is still considered out "longer-term" according to coach Mike Sullivan, Penguins play-by-play announcer Josh Getzoff reports Tuesday.

    Nieto returned to skating Dec. 22 but has yet to practice with the team and should probably be considered out indefinitely at this point. Given the amount of time he has already missed, 13 games dating back to Nov. 30, Nieto could be headed for long-term injured reserve when the Penguins activated Bryan Rust (upper body) off injured reserve.

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  • Penguins' Matt Nieto: Skating Friday

    Nieto (lower body) skated for the first time since suffering his injury Friday, Matt Vensel of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Nieto's return to the ice is certainly a step in the right direction but the fact that he has yet to practice with the team all but rules him out versus the Senators on Saturday. Still, with some extra time off due to the Christmas break, Nieto may be healthy enough to play when the Penguins return to action versus the Islanders on Wednesday.

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  • Penguins' Matt Nieto: Moves to IR

    Nieto (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Sunday, per CapFriendly.

    Nieto, who didn't play in Saturday's 4-3 shootout loss to Philadelphia, will miss at least two more games following his placement on IR. He has generated one goal, three assists, 13 shots on net and 12 hits in 22 outings this season.

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  • Penguins' Matt Nieto: Not playing Saturday

    Nieto will miss Saturday's tilt versus Philadelphia with a lower-body injury, according to Penguins reporter Michelle Crechiolo.

    Nieto suffered the injury in Tampa Bay on Thursday. He has averaged only 11:37 of action this season over 22 games, scoring once and adding three assists. Consider him day-to-day at this time.

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  • Penguins' Matt Nieto: Picks up assist Thursday

    Nieto recorded an assist in Thursday's 4-2 win over Tampa Bay.

    Nieto remains mired in a 12-game goalless streak but has been starting to add some offensive production with three helpers in his last six outings. If he can get over the 20-point mark for the second consecutive season, the Penguins will no doubt be satisfied with his production as a fourth-line player.

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  • Penguins' Matt Nieto: Nets goal Saturday

    Nieto scored a goal and went plus-2 in Saturday's 10-2 win over the Sharks.

    Nieto put the Penguins ahead 7-1 with his second-period tally against one of his former teams. The goal was the 30-year-old's first point in 10 contests this season. Nieto has added seven shots on net, eight hits, six blocked shouts, four PIM and a plus-1 rating. The California native is unlikely to see much more than a fourth-line role when the Penguins are healthy.

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  • Penguins' Matt Nieto: Grabs two-year pact

    Nieto penned a two-year, $1.8 million contract with the Penguins on Saturday, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.

    Nieto logged a combined 81 games for the Sharks and the Avalanche last season, tallying 12 goals, 12 assists and 115 shots while averaging 13:31 of ice time. The winger figures to bolster a bottom six that underwhelmed during the previous campaign while also adding some grit to the Pens' lineup.

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  • Avalanche's Matt Nieto: Produces two assists

    Nieto notched two assists and four shots on goal in Thursday's 6-2 win over the Sharks.

    Nieto's production Thursday matched his output from the previous 11 games combined. The winger had a hand in both of Ben Meyers' tallies that helped the Avalanche pad their lead. Nieto is up to 12 goals, 12 assists, 111 shots on net and a minus-15 rating through 76 contests between the Avalanche and the Sharks this season.

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  • Avalanche's Matt Nieto: Pockets helper

    Nieto provided an assist in Monday's 5-1 win over the Ducks.

    Nieto has two helpers during his active eight-game goal drought. The 30-year-old winger is up to 22 points, 103 shots on net, a minus-15 rating and 30 blocked shots through 72 appearances between the Avalanche and the Sharks.

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  • Avalanche's Matt Nieto: Adds assist in win

    Nieto produced an assist in Monday's 5-0 win over the Blackhawks.

    Nieto has done alright for playing in a fourth-line role, picking up three points and 10 shots on net over 11 games in March. The 30-year-old winger has 21 points, a minus-16 rating, 101 shots on net, 37 hits and 14 PIM through 68 outings between the Avalanche and the Sharks this season.

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  • Avalanche's Matt Nieto: Nets goal Monday

    Nieto scored a goal in Monday's 8-4 victory over Montreal.

    Nieto found the back of the net midway through the first period to increase Colorado's lead to 3-0. He has 12 goals and 20 points in 64 contests in 2022-23. Nieto provided three goals and just four points over his previous 25 outings.

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  • Avalanche's Matt Nieto: Generates helper

    Nieto provided an assist, two shots on goal and two hits in Tuesday's 6-0 win over the Sharks.

    Nieto set up Denis Malgin's goal in the second period. It was a fourth-line contribution in a game that was dominated by the Avalanche's top line and first defense pairing. Nieto snapped a five-game point drought with the assist and now has 19 points, 95 shots on net, 34 hits, 27 blocked shots and a minus-16 rating through 61 appearances between the Avalanche the Sharks this season.

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  • Avalanche's Matt Nieto: Adds insurance tally

    Nieto scored a goal on five shots in Friday's 5-1 win over the Jets.

    Nieto tallied in the second period, snapping a four-game point drought. The 30-year-old winger has picked up three points, all goals, in 10 games since he was traded back to the Avalanche from the Sharks in January. He's collected 18 points, 91 shots on net and a minus-16 rating through 55 contests between the two teams this season.

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  • Avalanche's Matt Nieto: Scores second with Avs

    Nieto scored a goal on two shots over 9:42 of ice time in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Panthers.

    Nieto was surrounded by Panthers but given just enough time to one-time a feed from J.T. Compher and give Colorado a 2-0 lead. It was his second tally in five games since joining the Avalanche in late January. Nieto initially served on the second line but has since been dropped to a bottom-six role as injured forwards returned to the lineup.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 185 lbs
Birthplace: Long Beach, CA
Age: 31
Experience: 11
Shoots: Left