Niederreiter recorded an even-strength assist Saturday, which proved to be key in a 5-4 overtime win over the Lightning. Niederreiter wasn't involved in a rally that saw the Wild pot four goals to Tampa's one after the first frame, but fantasy owners will take what they can get from a guy who went pointless for six straight games following his Opening Night apple against the Avalanche. El Nino's ice time average is down for the third consecutive year, which leaves little hope that he can return to the 40-plus-point level he'd previously seen under coach Mike Yeo, who has since been replaced by Bruce Boudreau.
Niederreiter had an assist and two hits in Friday's loss at Denver. However, he had several turnovers and was a minus-1, TheAthletic.com reports. Niederreiter didn't have a shot on goal and for at least one game didn't look like he'll bounce back from last year's disappointing season. Still, he begins the season on a line with a revived Zach Parise so that will help.
Niederreiter posted two assists in 14:34 of ice time Saturday against the Sharks. Saturday was the seventh time this season that Niederreiter failed to record a shot on goal, but the two assists breaks a seven-game scoring drought. Niederreiter finishes the regular season with 18 goals and 32 points, which is the lowest output he's had since the 2013-14 campaign, but he did miss 19 games with a lower-body injury.
Niederreiter provided a power-play goal in Saturday's 3-1 road win over the Coyotes. Minnesota's power winger opened the scoring by tracking down a Matt Dumba point blast that Antti Raanta initially deflected. El Nino's up to 17 goals and 11 assists through 53 games this year, but he's spent quite a bit of time in the trainer's room with ankle and lower-body injuries to dampen his appeal in the fantasy realm.
Niederreiter picked up an assist in Sunday's 4-1 victory over Detroit. After having a career-best season when he scored 57 points in 82 games in 2016-17, Niederreiter's rate of production has dipped in 2017-18, as he's logged just 24 points in 47 games. Despite his relative struggles, the fifth overall pick in 2010 possesses plenty of offensive ability and averages over two minutes of power-play time on ice per game.
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