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.
Coach Bruce Boudreau hopes to have Niederreiter (lower body) back Feb. 2 at home against the Golden Knights, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports. The news effectively rules Niederreiter out for the team's next two games versus the Penguins and Blue Jackets on Thursday and Tuesday, respectively. The winger has played in just two of the Wild's previous 13 contests due to various maladies. The Chur, Switzerland native did record a hat trick in one of those two games back, so fantasy owners will no doubt be eager to see him in the lineup as soon as possible.
Niederreiter's (lower body) injury doesn't concern his ankle, Jessi Pierce of NHL.com reports. This is noteworthy because the alliterative one had missed five straight games with an ankle malady before returning with a hat trick against the Sabres on Jan. 4. Still, Niederreiter's not expected to return until after the All-Star break, meaning he should miss at least four more contests for a Minnesota team currently sitting in sixth place within the Central Division.
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