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ST. PAUL, Minn. Mats Zuccarello knows that if he was younger, he'd have a different reaction to his current six game point streak two goals, seven assists. Instead, the 36 year old, is just happy to be contributing to the Minnesota Wild's victories, the latest a 7 4 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. Zuccarello looks to extend his streak when the Wild 3 2 1 visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday 7:30 p. m. ET; Hulu, ESPN+. 'To be honest with you, if I was 22, 23, I would be buzzing out on the town right now,' Zuccarello said after recording a goal and an assist Tuesday. 'But I'm too old to worry about that. You want to get as many wins and play solid games, but obviously it's nice to contribute. 'Zuccarello might not always have been touted for his goal scoring, but his point production and his ability to create pace on offense has always been apparent. The right wing tucked away a career high 26 goals and 61 points with the New York Rangers in 2015 16. The following two seasons saw 59 points 15 goals, 44 assists and 53 points 16 goals, 37 assists respectively. In 2018 19, following a trade to the Dallas Stars before the trade deadline, Zuccarello was sidelined with a broken arm after blocking a shot Morgan Frost Jersey. He returned for the Stars in the postseason, finishing with 11 points four goals, seven assists in 13 games, an impressive enough showing to earn him a five year, $30 million contract as a free agent with the Wild on July 1, 2019. And like a fine wine, Zuccarello appears to be getting better with age. He has 227 points 74 goals, 153 assists in 261 regular season games with the Wild, including an NHL career high 79 points 24 goals, 55 assists in 2021 22. Zuccarello signed a two year, $8. 25 million contract extension Sept. 29. "He's a great player," Willd forward Kirill Kaprizov said earlier this year. "He helps all the timeand you look at him and you can learn a lot with his skill and his process and his style. He's a great guy. He helps not just in hockey but outside hockey. Any questions, he always helps you. He's a fun guy. "Wild defenseman Jake Middleton called Zuccarello 'the workhorse' of their top line, where he skates on the right side of center Ryan Hartman and opposite Kaprizov. Hartman said 'he's the glue' that keeps the line together. And while Kaprizov, the 2021 Calder Trophy winner as NHL rookie of the year, receives most of the attention, his chemistry with Zuccarello has benefitted both players and the Wild, when things are going right. 'It's a line, right? Everybody contributes in their own way,' Wild coach Dean Evason said https://www.flyersprostore.com/rod-brindamour-jersey. 'They're as disappointed when they don't help the team have successes as all of us or you guys media or anyone. So, they worked their butts off Tuesday and they did look like the line that we've known them to be. '