Parise recorded two more assists -- including a power-play setup -- in Monday's 4-2 road loss to the Predators. Parise has bagged two apples in each of his last three games. No one has ever questioned the Minnesota native's scoring talent, but the big concern centers around Parise's inability to stay healthy for an extended period of time. For example, last season, a back injury kept the first-round draft pick (New Jersey, 2003) out of the lineup until the calendar flipped to 2018, yet he still ended up with 24 points (15 goals, nine assists) through 42 contests.
Parise tallied two assists Thursday and registered three shots on goal in a 4-3 overtime win over the Blackhawks. Parise assisted on Ryan Suter's shorthanded tying goal in the dying seconds of the third period and then recorded his second helper on Jason Zucker's overtime winner. With three points in as many games, Parise's season has gotten off to a quality start and so long as he stays healthy, the 34-year-old American should be able to produce on a consistent basis, playing on Minnesota's second line.
Parise scored his team's only goal on four shots in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Avalanche. The Wild didn't put forth a very inspired effort Opening Night, failing to generate many chances after Parise opened the scoring just 6:14 in. Parise has played in fewer games with each passing season since suiting up for 74 contests in 2014-15, but he'll look to reverse that trend in his 14th NHL campaign after dressing for only 42 games last season.
Parise has fully recovered from the sternum injury sustained in the series against Winnipeg, NHL.com reports. Parise is looking to bounce back from an injury-riddled season in which he only produced 24 points (15 goals, nine assists) in 42 games. The 33-year-old forward played in his first game situation Wednesday since he sustained the injury in the Winnipeg series, in a 4-on-4 league comprised of NHL players with ties to Minnesota.
Parise (chest) missed the final two games against the Jets in the conference quarterfinals, and Minnesota getting eliminated so quickly spoiled his chances of returning in the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was speculated that Parise could've returned to the Wild in the playoffs but only if the team had made it to the Western Conference finals. Unfortunately for the prolific puck-pushing veteran, the Wild were ousted in the first round for the third straight year. Parise managed 24 points (15 goals, nine assists) over 42 games in the regular season, plus he scored in all three of his appearances versus the Jets the opening playoff round, so there's little doubt he can still be effective when healthy.
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