Parise looks to hit career milestone vs. former team
Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise scores against New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider during the third period Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in St. Paul, Minn. It was Parise's first time scoring against his former team. The Devils won 2-1.
Zach Parise has a chance to hit a career milestone Thursday night against his former team, when the Minnesota Wild visit the New Jersey Devils.
The Wild left winger could become the seventh active player to score 100 goals for multiple franchise.
Blue Jackets (289)
Blackhawks (158), Thrashers (108)
Parise, 31, scored 194 goals in seven years with the Devils. He’s scored 99 in 3 1/2 seasons with the Wild, including 19 this season.
Parise is looking for just his third goal in the past two months. He last scored March 10 in a 2-1 Wild loss to the Edmonton Oilers.
Parise has one goal, three assists and a plus-three rating in four games against the Devils.
The Minnesota Wild are 9-5-1 under interim head coach John Torchetti, including 6-2-1 on the road. The team ranks tied for first in the NHL with 48 non-shootout goals over its past 15 games. It has a plus-nine road goal differential during the stretch, which ranks third in the NHL.
Best road records since Feb. 15
San Jose Sharks
Tampa Bay Lightning
New York Rangers
The Wild are 0-1 against the Devils this season, after falling 2-1 on Jan. 10 at Xcel Energy Center, during which Parise scored the lone goal. The team is 5-7-5 all time against the Devils, including 1-4-3 in New Jersey.
Minnesota had scored at least one power-play goal in 13 straight road games dating back to Jan. 21 before Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to Ottawa. That was a franchise record and the longest NHL streak since Carolina scored a power-play goal in 17 straight road games from Oct. 15, 2005-Jan. 7, 2006.
The Wild has scored at least one power-play goal in 17 of its past 24 games, including 12 of its past 15, after struggling on the power play for much of January.
Devan Dubnyk is 5-1-1 with a 2.10 goals allowed average and a .919 save percentage in his past seven games dating back to Feb. 28. He’s 15-4-1 in the month of March since the 2014-15 season, which is the second best in the NHL during that stretch.
Best record in March by goalies since 2014-15
Jake Allen, StL
Devan Dubnyk, Min
Semyon Varlamov, Col
Andrew Hammond, Ott
Kari Lehtonen, Dal
Dubnyk is 26-22-6 on the season, with a 2.36 goals allowed average and a .917 save percentage. He’s 1-0-1 with a 2.92 goals allowed average and a .915 save percentage in two career starts vs. the Devils.