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.
Suter notched an assist in a 5-3 win over the Jets on Tuesday night. Suter is averaging 26:47 TOI per game, which is currently the third most in the NHL this season. With that much time on the ice, he should continue to get plenty of chances to work his magic with the puck. While Suter has never been much of a scorer, he is highly proficient in setting the table for goals -- the blueliner has 10 helpers and that has him on pace for 58 assists in 2015-16, which would be a career high in the unlikely event that he sustains the lofty setup production.
Suter scored his first two goals of the season Tuesday in a win over Edmonton. He opened the scoring in the first period, then helped the Wild mount a third-period comeback with his game-tying tally nearly midway through that frame. Despite having missed the scoresheet in consecutive games prior to Tuesday's action, Suter's off to a surprisingly fast start offensively, having racked up eight points in nine games. He also scored as many goals Tuesday as he did in 77 games last season. Still, considering his career high is a solid, but non-elite 46 points, expect Suter to balance out this hot start with some cooler stretches.
Suter picked up an assist in Thursday's contest with Columbus. Suter has scored in five of six games this season, with a grand total of six points. His assist Thursday came after dancing down the left wing boards and feeding Zach Parise on the backdoor. The play was a reminder of Suter's offensive talent, which has been on display much more often this season than in previous years. Suter's average time on ice is 25:52 this season, about three minutes fewer than he has played since joining the Wild in 2012-13, and this reduced ice time may mean fresher legs for Suter and allow him more license to get involved in the offense.
Suter collected two assists in a game-high 24:07 of ice time in Saturday's win over the Blues. A strong showing for Suter, who also finished with four blocked shots. Skating on the team's top defensive pairing and first power-play unit, expect another strong offensive season from Suter, who has piled on three helpers through two games thus far. Considering the 30-year-old has posted eight consecutive seasons between 30-50 points, you know what to expect from the 6'1" defensive force.
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