Zach Parise recorded three helpers in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Capitals.
Parise now has points in three straight, totaling five in that timespan. The 31-year-old may have had his highest assist total of the season, but he's been prone to dry spells this year, making it tough to trust the winger on a nightly basis. Still, the uptick in production should not be ignored.
Zach Parise scored the game's first goal Thursday on the road against the Kings, and the power-play tally held up as the game-winner.
That's the beauty of shutouts. Parise had been scoreless with a minus-5 rating over the last four games, so this was a much-needed change in fortune for the veteran winger. With 28 points in 38 games he's still not quite living up to expectations, but Parise's as good a bet as anyone to go on a big second-half run.
Zach Parise posted a hat trick on four shots to go with a plus-4 rating Tuesday in a win over Columbus.
Sure, one was an empty-netter, but that's taking nothing away from Parise. He needed a result like this, having managed just two helpers and a minus-4 rating in his prior six outings. A propensity for missing time to health issues is the only thing standing between Parise and the NHL's offensive leaderboards.
Zach Parise had two shots on goal in 24:03 of ice time in Saturday's shootout loss to Tampa Bay. Parise returned after missing one game due to a sore right knee, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "At this point, it's up to me knowing whether it's safe or not," he said.
The Minnesota Wild before hadn't disclosed his injury, but now it's clear he had aggravated his right knee injury. Parise missed eight games in November due to a sprained MCL in his right knee. It sounds like his knee injury could continue to be an issue this season.
Zach Parise (undisclosed) will play Saturday against the Lightning, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
As expected, Parise will return Saturday after missing Thursday's game due to "maintenance as much as anything," according to coach Mike Yeo. Parise chipped in two assists in Monday's win over Detroit, giving him 11 assists and 22 total points for the season.