Suter scored a shorthanded goal and added an assist in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to Buffalo. The Wild fell into an early 3-0 hole, but Suter started a spirited comeback attempt by charging the other way shorthanded and benefiting from a fortunate bounce. He then had the primary assist on Thomas Vanek's game-tying tally late in the third, but that wasn't quite enough to make up the deficit. The goal was Suter's first since Dec. 15, as he doesn't put the puck in the net that often, but has been firing it without hesitation this year -- with 103 shots in 42 games, he's on pace to blow away his career high in that category. Perhaps not coincidentally, Suter also remains on pace to exceed 50 points for the first time in his career.
Suter was credited with a pair of assists and a plus-4 rating Tuesday in a win over Columbus. That's three helpers in two games for Suter on the heels of a seven-game slide without a point. Sure, these were secondary assists, but they count just the same. It's been an unexpectedly productive campaign for the veteran defenseman -- known more for his ability to shut down opposing offenses, Suter's on pace to blow away his career high of 46 points, set in 2011-12 with the Predators.
Suter picked up two assists -- one on the power play -- and went minus-1 in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Rangers. It'd odd to see Suter end up on the negative side of the ledger -- the first time that's happened in a month. But multi-point games have been nearly as scarce for the veteran blueliner lately, as his last came Nov. 21 against Nashville. In the space between, he'd gathered just three points in 10 games, but with a goal Tuesday and now this performance, it looks like Suter's getting right back on track.
Suter was a plus-2 and had 29:12 of ice time in Saturday's win over Colorado. He skated in a defensemen pairing with Jared Spurgeon. With Marco Scandella back after missing time due to injury, head coach Mike Yeo said he'd like to reduce Suter's ice time, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. The Wild always talk about reducing Suter's minutes (he's led the league in ice time the last three seasons), but it never seems to happen. Still, Suter averaged over 30 minutes the last nine games with several defensmen hurt, so he could see a slight decrease.
Suter notched the primary assists on both Jason Zucker goals Thursday in an overtime win against Carolina, adding two PIM and a plus-2 rating. With 14 points in 15 games, Suter's doing things on the offensive side of the ice that we've never seen from him before. Sure, most of it has been concentrated in the area of helpers, which can be fickle, but this nearly point-per-game pace is still quite the surprise. The 30-year-old blueliner has found the scoresheet in six of the last seven games while continuing to play his typical heavy minutes.
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