Found March 03, 2012 on
MONTREAL - Forward Erik Christensen, who has a -5 plus-minus rating in his past three games and played a key role in a goal allowed by the Minnesota Wild during their 4-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, will be scratched tonight for the first time since the team traded for him on Feb. 3.
Christensen hasn't scored a goal or registered an assist in 12 games, though he did score a shootout goal to help the Wild beat Florida on Feb. 23. He has also struggled in the Wild's defensive systems; he was one of the forwards heading up the ice when the Kings created a turnover in the first period Tuesday, creating an open lane for Anze Kopitar to find Daryl King in front of the net for Los Angeles' second goal.
"It's one thing to not be getting goals, to not be getting assists, but if the puck is going in the net when you're on the ice, it doesn't add up," coach Mike Yeo said. "Some guys can go out, and they might not score a goal, but they can still be effective. They can still bring momentum, and still be solid defensively. That's what we have to make sure with Erik. The next time he's in the lineup, he might score, he might not score. Just make sure you play a good game."
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