Michael Russo has covered the National Hockey League since 1995. He has covered the Minnesota Wild for the Star Tribune since 2005, after 10 years of covering the Florida Panthers for the Sun-Sentinel. He uses “Russo’s Rants” to feed a wide-ranging hockey-centric discussion with readers, and can be heard weekly on KFAN (100.3 FM) radio and seen weekly on Fox Sports North.

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Zach Parise to miss tonight's game against Philadelphia

Posted by: Michael Russo under On the road, Wild game coverage, Wild news Updated: December 23, 2013 - 6:33 PM

The going is only getting tougher for the Wild, which is 1-6-1 in its past eight on the road and faces a Flyers team tonight that has won eight in a row at home.

There were rumors the past hour that Zach Parise would miss tonight's game against the Flyers. The Wild has just confirmed he has a lower-body injury. I didn't see Parise this morning but he was at the team hotel earlier today.

This will be Parise's second game missed this season, the last with a foot injury that hasn't healed yet. I believe this is related.

We'll have more from coach Mike Yeo after the game hopefully.

Parise has one assist and is minus-7 on the 1-6-1 road slide that started with his foot injury in St. Louis.

Justin Fontaine will draw into the lineup.

Matt Cooke slides into Parise's spot next to Mikko Koivu and Charlie Coyle

The Nino Niederreiter-Mikael Granlund-Jason Pominville remains intact, while Dany Heatley will skate with Kyle Brodziak and Fontaine and Stephane Veilleux skates on the left side of Zenon Konopka and Torrey Mitchell.

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