Fans have been quick to blame Parise for the Wild's woes this year, but after losing the first three months of the season to back surgery, the veteran winger appears to be rediscovering his game. Parise stretched his point streak to five games Tuesday, scoring in the Wild's win over the Hurricanes, and has goals in three of his last four games.
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Eric Staal, Wild forward (↑ UP)
Staal scored two more goals Tuesday to lift the Wild to a 6-2 win over his former team, the Carolina Hurricanes. He's up to 36 goals on the season, tied for fourth in the league. Only Evgeni Malkin (37), Patrik Laine (38) and Alexander Ovechkin (40) have more. Staal is poised to blow past former Wild forward Marian Gaborik, who set the Wild's single season scoring record in 2008, scoring 42 goals, while his contract -- which currently costs the Wild just $3.5 million against the cap -- is one of the best in the league.
Gopher men's hockey (↓ DOWN)
After dropping four games in a row to Penn State, all the Gophers can do now is watch. Head coach Don Lucia's squad was swept in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament, falling in back-to-back meetings with the Nittany Lions a week after dropping their final series of the regular seaosn. At No. 13 in the PairWise they're just far enough above the bubble that an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament is still very likely, but they're likely looking at a No. 4 seed, which could mean a trip east for the regionals.
Fernando Romero, Twins pitcher (↑ UP)
The Twins prospect has been on fire in spring training, tossing six strikeouts in five scoreless innings. Romero has just one walk to his name and has retired every other batter he's faced this spring. Put another way, 26 of his 30 pitches have been strikes. Romero could make his Twins debut this season after spending 2017 with Double-A Chattanooga.
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Karl-Anthony Towns, Wolves center (↓ DOWN)
Towns suffered the first ejection of his pro career Friday against the Utah Jazz after getting slapped with a truly bizarre technical foul. The Wolves star thought he'd been fouled on a pretty routine basket over Rudy Gobert and -- according to referee Kane Fitzgerald -- engaged in "continuous complaining" over the non-call, enough to earn him a tech. It was an odd one all around. Jeff Teague literally checked former Wolves guard Ricky Rubio into the bench later in the game, which Minnesota would go on to lose 116-108.
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Kirk Cousins, free-agent quarterback (↑ UP)
Cousins should have plenty of suitors when free agency officially begins next week, but at least one person seems to think he's going to make historic money. A blogger, citing former Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley, who was in turn citing an agent who is not necessarily Cousins' agent, says the Vikings are prepared to offer him a fully guaranteed three-year, $91 million contract. It seems far-fetched, but if it's any indication of the sort of offers that Cousins will receive, he's about to become very, very rich very, very quickly.
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Gopher women's hockey (↑ UP)
On the verge of missing the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2007, the Gophers delivered a pair of season-saving wins. Minnesota knocked off Ohio State and then-No. 1 Wisconsin to win the WCHA tournament and the conference's auto-bid, setting up a rematch with the Badgers in the NCAA quarterfinals. Taylor Wente, Taylor Williamson and Nicole Schammel scored to lead the Gophers to a 3-1 win over the Badgers, while goaltender Sidney Peters made 31 saves. Peters was named the tournament's most outstanding player after stopping 64 of 65 shots overall.