Wild's Parise resumes skating for first time since knee injury
Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise found himself back on the ice on Monday for the first time since suffering a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee earlier this month, coach Mike Yeo said.
Parise is considered week-to-week with the injury, although Yeo and the Wild are not prepared to rush him back to action.
"Zach skated today," Yeo said in a video on the team's website. "He isn't going to travel on the road with us but he will continue to skate. He's getting better and we'll see where he's at when we get back from the road trip."
#mnwild PP in 4 games w/o Zach Parise: 0 for 13 (althought it scored 2 in game he got hurt); Wild PK given up goal in 8 of 16 games— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) November 16, 2015
Parise has collected seven goals and two assists this season for the Wild (10-3-3), who visit the Pittsburgh Penguins (10-7-0) on Tuesday before wrapping up their four-game trek against the Boston Bruins (8-7-1) two nights later.
Parise suffered the injury following a hit from Nashville Predators forward James Neal during the first period of their game on Nov. 5. The 31-year-old Parise was playing the puck near the boards before Neal lowered the boom.
The 17th overall pick of the 2003 draft, Parise collected 281 goals and 294 assists in 703 games for the New Jersey Devils and Wild.