Torchetti confident that Parise can bust slump


Minnesota coach John Torchetti is confident that Zach Parise will start scoring again.

Hopefully, for the Wild’s sake, just in time for the playoffs.

Or, perhaps more accurately, just in time to help them make the playoffs.

“When you’re not getting chances, then you worry about it,” Torchetti said, per the Pioneer Press. “But he’s getting chances, and he’s getting good looks. It’ll come.”

Parise has gone nine games without a goal, and he has just two in his last 23.

But like his coach said, the chances are there. In those 23 games, he’s piled up 69 shots.

In the meantime, others have stepped up in the offensive department. Charlie Coyle is up to 21 goals, the most on the team. His previous career high was 12, two seasons ago. He only had 11 last year.

That’s not to say the Wild don’t need Parise, because they definitely do, and his paycheck reflects it. He only has 18 goals in 56 games. Last season, he finished with 33 in 74.

“I’ve missed a couple good chances the last few games,” he said. “That’s the way it goes. But, yeah, it’s been tough.”

Minnesota, currently in a dogfight with Colorado for the final wild-card spot in the West, hosts Edmonton tonight.


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