Zach Parise is good. That's what I've been saying from the start of this season, when the production wasn't exactly there but the compete level and chances generated were still there. Well, the points are starting to come for Zach now to back up that take and it's a beautiful thing for the New York Islanders.
In the Islanders dominant 5-2 win over Seattle, Zach Parise found himself in on the play for three goals scoring two and assisting on another. The first came, with him going to the front of the net.
Initially, the call on the ice was that Zach Parise interfered with the goalie but upon review he was clearly pushed into the crease and the Islanders were credited with a goal. It wasn't exactly a pretty goal but he found himself in a good scoring area and Noah Dobson's shot went in off of him.
Then in the second, it was Parise picking up the primary assist on Kyle Palmieri's fifth goal of the year. In fact, he's now scored four goals in his last four games.
Heads up play by Zach to see that Mat Barzal was going to get the puck from down low along the boards. Parise made no hesitation and hit Palmieri who was breaking for the net.
Then, for good measure, Zach would add the empty netter for the three point night. He's now up to 19 points (6 goals, 13 assists) in 46 games. Over an 82 game season that's a pace of 34 points from a guy who is making league minimum.
This one is going to sting when the Islanders move him at the deadline. It's more than likely the right call seeing where they are in the standings but I'd be lying to you if I said I wasn't going to miss this guy's play.