A monster night for Suter, who had been held off the scoresheet in the previous four games. The 31-year-old is coming off a 51-point regular season and is sporting a tidy plus-5 rating so far in the playoffs. Now that he's factored in on the scoring, look for the workhorse to bring it offensively once again in Game 6.
This gives Suter 43 assists on the season, which is a new career best for him, with time left to add to that total. For a player who logs so many minutes, and has over 50 points from the blue line, it feels like Suter is having an under-the-radar season.
Suter has been relatively cold after his season-high six-game point streak, recording just two assists in his last seven outings. A minus-6 rating adds salt to the wound, but with such massive ice time (almost 29 minutes per game), numbers are bound to accumulate. Suter has now tied his career-high 39 helpers, and we expect him to set a new milestone before season's end.
The 31-year-old blueliner is on a nice run, notching points in five straight games. It almost seems like Suter doesn't come off the ice, averaging over 28 minutes on the season, including close to four on the man advantage. The power-play time has translated into 17 points and counting on the year in what could arguably be the defenseman's best campaign as a pro. Suter sits at 44 points to date -- two short of tying his career-high.
Ryan Suter chipped in his 32nd and 33rd assists of the year in a 3-2 loss to Washington on Friday.
The pair of apples snap a modest four-game pointless streak for Suter, who is enjoying one of his most productive seasons to date with 40 points in 62 contests. That's a 53-point pace, which -- if he can maintain it -- would thrust him up over that elusive 50-point plateau for the first time in his 11th NHL season. His career high is 46 set in his last season in Nashville, so at the very least he shouldn't have too much trouble surpassing that in the final quarter of 2015-16.