Wild prospect Marco Rossi is a healthy scratch. Are the minors in his future?

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			Wild prospect Marco Rossi is a healthy scratch. Are the minors in his future?
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Wild prospect Marco Rossi was a healthy scratch for Saturday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

The hope within the organization is that the night off will give Rossi a chance to clear his head. He’s overthinking everything right now with no goals in 16 games. His only point came via an assist way back on Nov. 1.

That lack of production has clearly started to wear on Rossi’s psyche.

“He’s a distributor, and we haven’t seen a lot of that,” coach Dean Evason said. “It’s a great league, right? There’s not a lot of time and space. Though we’ve liked the way he has played the game, he hasn’t found a way to generate a lot of offensive opportunity. It’s not a terrible thing for a young guy to watch every now and then, and he’ll do that here tonight.”

His struggles raise the question: Would a trip to the minors be good for Rossi at this point?

“We’re constantly talking about that,” said Evason, who coached in the American Hockey League for a long time and understands the benefits of a player finding his game down there. “There’s an element of that. You have to weigh a lot of different factors in order for that to happen. We have discussions each and every day on where we go with the lineup.”

GOLIGOSKI HONORED

After reaching the 1,000-game mark on Oct. 20, veteran defenseman Alex Goligoski has only played once since then.

“It’s frustrating,” Goligoski said before drawing back into the lineup for Saturday’s game. “It’s no fun coming to the rink and not playing games.”

It’s fitting that Goligoski is playing on a night he’s set to be honored in a pregame ceremony for reaching 1,000 games in his career.

“It’ll be cool for my family,” Goligoski said. “They’ve been there all along the way. to be able to celebrate playing so long is cool. I’ll have a lot of family and friends in the building. It’ll be fun.”

PETAN STARTS

A day after getting called up from the minors, winger Nic Petan was slated to be in the lineup for Saturday’s game.

This is nothing new for Petan. He has played more than 150 games in the NHL. That experience should help him adjust quickly.

“I’ve been here before, so I’m going to treat it like any other game and go from there,” Petan said. “It’s obviously super exciting.”

Asked what he hopes to bring to the lineup, Petan noted that he’s going to play the same way he has throughout his career.

“Just trying to make as many plays as I can and create scoring opportunities,” Petan said. “I don’t think I need to vary in any way.”

BRIEFLY

After getting placed on waivers following Friday’s practice, winger Tyson Jost was claimed by the Buffalo Sabres. That means the Wild will get out of his $2 million cap hit.

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