EDMONTON, ALBERTA – One day after saying he planned to talk to the trainers to make sure Zach Parise is healthy, Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said Parise is "fine."
Boudreau, who called Parise's skating sluggish and methodical after a shootout loss to Calgary, said Parise was probably laboring after blocking a first-period shot.
The Parise-Eric Staal-Charlie Coyle line followed a tough game in Vancouver with an even tougher game in Calgary. The line combined for no points and two even-strength shots, although Chris Stewart scored while extending his shift into Staal's and Coyle's early in the game.
Boudreau met with Parise and Coyle for almost an hour Saturday afternoon, and he planned to meet with Staal on Saturday night.
The coach went over their shifts on video to "see what we can do better, what we can do in different situations, where it's not working, where it's working. … There were two factors we found that I won't get into that if they do [Sunday], I think it'll be much better," Boudreau said.
Boudreau's former team, the Anaheim Ducks, not only played the Oilers on Saturday night, their dressing room and media backdrop were 30 feet from Boudreau.
"It is a little weird," Boudreau said. "Walking in here, I was a little nervous whether I saw players or coaches, but it was nice that four or five players all came up and were really nice to me."
Boudreau decided not to attend the game so as not to be a distraction.