As Wild’s offense goes dry, Parise feeling the pressure to produce

3 Comments

The Minnesota Wild didn’t play a terrible game last night in Anaheim — the entire contest was fairly evenly matched — but the bottom line was that they lost again, this time by a score of 3-1.

It was the fifth straight defeat for the Wild. They’ve scored just four goals in those five games.

Tonight, they play in Los Angeles; Saturday, in San Jose.

They’ll be underdogs in both.

“We’re pushing, but I think the execution just isn’t there,” coach Mike Yeo told reporters. “Whether we’re tight or we’re holding the sticks a little too tight. You can see there are opportunities for shots and pucks are bouncing over our sticks.”

This morning, the Wild announced they’d called up forward Jordan Schroeder from AHL Iowa. He’s expected to be in the lineup against the Kings, assuming there are no travel snafus.

Schroeder has appeared in 11 games for Minnesota this season. He’s only scored once, with no assists. So, no, not the most likely of saviors, though he does have 10 goals and 10 assists in the minors.

Minnesota’s only goal against the Ducks came courtesy Jarret Stoll, a fourth-liner.

Meanwhile, Zach Parise, the Wild’s leader in goals (16), managed just a single shot while skating on a line with Jason Pominville and Mikael Granlund.

“Our line’s not scoring, and our job is to score, and we’re not,” said Parise, who couldn’t say why that was. All he knew was, “We need to shape up a little bit.”

Of course, it won’t be easy to break out tonight. The Kings have the second-lowest goals-against average in the NHL.