February 5, 2013
NHL notes: Parise shares a milestone with dad
By QMI Agency
Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise has reached a milestone.
He joins father J.P. Parise in the NHL's 200-goal club after scoring Monday in the Wild’s 2-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes.
The Parises are only the second father-son duo to reach the mark — the first being the Hulls, Bobby and Brett, with 610 and 741 respectively.
The younger Parise is just 39 goals away from beating his father’s career total of 238 set in 1979 when he was 38. Zach is 28.
AVALANCHE SNOWED BY INJURIES
The Colorado Avalanche claimed forward Aaron Palushaj off waivers from Montreal Tuesday.
The 23-year-old has spent most of his time this season with the Habs’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, earning 10 points in 21 games.
Colorado has been hit hard with the injury bug, with Steve Downie out for the season with a torn ACL, Gabriel Landeskog out with a head injury, as well as defenceman Ryan Wilson down with an ankle ailment.
The Avs are also without standout centre Ryan O’Reilly, who is caught up in a contract dispute with management.
HELM’S BACK WOES STILL A MYSTERY
Detroit Red Wings centre Darren Helm is at a loss when it comes to explaining why his back pains him so much.
The 26-year old had an MRI that was negative for structural damage, and he has plans to see a back specialist later this week.
“Nobody is really sure what is going on,” he told the Detroit News. “I’m just hoping one day I can turn the corner.”
BRIEFLY: The Anaheim Ducks sent forward Devante Smith-Pelly to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals. Smith-Pelly has been suffering from a sophomore slump with a goose-egg on the stat sheet with a minus-2 rating … The Edmonton Oilers have called up centre Mark Arcobello from the Oklahoma City Barons to help fill the empty space left by injured forward Shawn Horcoff and Eric Belanger. Arcobello has 14 goals and 25 assists in 43 games this season with the Barons.