Niederreiter Breaking Out of His Slump
When the Carolina Hurricanes acquired Nino Niederreiter from the Minnesota Wild last year, he immediately fit right in with the club. In the 36 games he would play for the Hurricanes, he posted 14 goals and 16 assists. He was exactly the offensive piece the Hurricanes needed and helped Carolina clinch their first playoff berth since 2009.
So far this season, Niederreiter hasn’t had the best of luck. There have been countless times where he would have a great chance, but either fan on a shot or just get robbed by the opposing goaltender. On many occasions, you could see the frustrating in his face.
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Things have looked promising for Niederreiter here recently. He has at least a point in three of his last four games. He is a player Carolina needs to produce, especially because he’s proven he can do just that. He’s stuck with his game and is finally getting the bounces that he really deserves.
In the game against the Blackhawks, Niederreiter had a big night. As I mentioned earlier, he set up Necas with a good pass to open the scoring for the Hurricanes on a 2-on-0. Later in the game, he would score a beautiful backhand goal on a partial breakaway that would put Carolina up 3-0 in the 2nd period.
While Niederreiter isn’t producing at the same rate as when Carolina first acquired him, it seems he’s finally breaking out of that early season slump. He had a big night tonight for the Hurricanes, and was a big reason why Carolina walked away with two points.
Next Game: vs Philadelphia Flyers on November 21