Minnesota Wild Zach Parise has now skated with his teammates and practiced for the second straight day on Thursday after a bruised foot he suffered Monday in St. Louis.
On Tuesday, the Wild announced Parise would miss 2-to-3 weeks, but on Wednesday Parise skated with teammates before their game that night. After the game, Parise said he was feeling better and that his status was closer to day-to-day than out 2-to-3 weeks.
Coach Mike Yeo said after Thursday’s practice that Parise was questionable for the team’s Friday game against Colorado.
“He looked good,” Yeo said. “Obviously we’d love to have him back, but he’s got to be comfortable not just skating up and down the ice a couple times, but getting into battles and feeling comfortable with it.”
The Wild begin a home-and-home with Colorado Friday evening at 5 p.m. in St. Paul and finish the quick series in Colorado Saturday night.
The Avalanche is a team that the Wild have played well against under Yeo. They are definitely one of the league’s biggest surprises and sits ahead of the Wild in the Western Conference with a 17-6-0 record.
“I think they’re a different team,” Yeo said. “I really believe that anything that’s happened in the past should be thrown out the window. I think we’re a different team too. I just think it’s a good challenge. They’re for real.”