ST. PAUL, Minn. Ever since star forward Zach Parise signed his mega-contract last summer with the Minnesota Wild, coach Mike Yeo had dreamed of putting Parise with center Mikko Koivu and wing Dany Heatley.
Yeo felt the three could complement each other well and become the top scoring line Minnesota has sought for years, while also being responsible defensively. Yeo had time to change his mind when the lockout robbed him of the chance to see his improved team on the ice. Inevitably though, he kept coming back to those first thoughts he had last summer.
Now, Parise, Koivu and Heatley are demonstrating the potential Yeo dreamed about months ago.
Together since the beginning of training camp, Parise, Koivu and Heatley have combined for 11 of the Wild's 18 goals to lead Minnesota to the top of the Northwest Division with a 4-2-1 record.
"We're talking about the guys that shift after shift you're hoping they can go out and create some offense, but this is the line that has gotten in on t...