Heatley leads pack of rebounding stars

Updated: January 30, 2013, 3:32 PM ET
By Craig Custance

When Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored his game-winning goal Tuesday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, it was the first Minnesota Wild goal by a forward not on their top line since the season opener. That says two things: One, Minnesota needs better production from lines two, three and four. And two, that first line of Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley is going pretty darn well.

Through six games, the Wild are in first place in the Northwest and that trio is doing the heavy lifting up front.

Parise's success has been well-documented and Koivu is doing exactly what he does when he's healthy. It's Heatley who might be the biggest benefactor of the talent around him.