Zucker agreed to terms on a two-year, $4 million contract with the Wild on Wednesday. Zucker started the year off strong with 14 points in the first 20 contests of the season, but fizzled out by ending on a 14-game goalless streak in which he tallied just a pair of helpers and was a minus-8. The winger's fantasy value is middling based on his truncated power-play minutes, he averaged just 1:02 of ice time with the man advantage, and his inability to find the back of the net consistently.
Zucker did not have a shot on goal or assist in 11:24 of ice time in Tuesday's win over Chicago. Zucker had been a healthy scratch in four of the last eight games, but got back on the ice with David Jones sick. Zucker may continue to struggle to get ice time the final few games of the season.
Zucker was a healthy scratch in Saturday's win over Colorado. He's been a healthy scratch in four of Minnesota's last eight games. "I think it's a bit of everything," Zucker told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "But I think defense has a lot to do with it." Zucker has just two goals and two assists in his last 25 games, but head coach John Torchetti said he primarily playing because it's a "Two-way game." It's not clear when Zucker will be assured of regular ice time again.
Zucker skated on the top line with Mikko Koivu and Charlie Coyle at Wednesday's practice, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. A healthy scratch the past two games, Zucker is poised to rejoin the lineup for Thursday's contest in New Jersey. Meanwhile, Zach Parise skated with Mikael Granlund and Thomas Vanek on the second line at Wednesday's practice.
Zucker could be a healthy scratch for a second consecutive game Tuesday against Ottawa, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "I just got to be better," Zucker said. "That's what it comes down to. I'm not playing well enough." Zucker wasn't seen skating on a line that will be active Tuesday, so he's likely to sit out again.
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