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Wild's Foligno back in action, Parise won't play this weekend

 

 

The Wild practiced with 13 forwards on Thursday at Xcel Energy Center.

That shouldn't seem like news, but for an injury-riddled squad that made do with eight forwards in the previous practices this week and even had to suit up an assistant coach to get by, it's quite a luxury.

"We added a couple players, so seemed awful nice to practice with a full allotment of players," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I think it gives the guys some jump out there."

Wingers Mikael Granlund and Marcus Foligno both returned to practice for the first time after injuries. Granlund has been out with a groin injury since playing in the season opener Oct. 5. Foligno endured a facial fracture after a fight at Chicago on Oct. 12 and required minor surgery before his return.

Boudreau said Foligno is "probably a go" for the 7 p.m. Friday game at Winnipeg and 9 p.m. Saturday game at Calgary. Granlund will travel but is a "game-time decision."

Recalled Iowa Wild forwards Landon Ferraro, Luke Kunin and Zack Mitchell also skated with the team, leaving just Charlie Coyle (broken leg), Nino Niederreiter (high ankle sprain) and Zach Parise (undisclosed) absent.

Parise was set to return for this weekend's games after he has missed most of training camp and all of this early season with an injury. But the winger left practice early Monday and saw a doctor Wednesday about his setback.

"The only update I got on him is he’s not going to be playing this weekend," Boudreau said. "Other than that, it's up to Zach and the doctors. I'm trying to stay out of it, even though, obviously ... I'm very interested in what his status is."

Here were the lines from practice:
Foligno, Eric Staal, Chris Stewart
Jason Zucker, Mikko Koivu, Granlund
Tyler Ennis, Matt Cullen, Kunin
Daniel Winnik, Joel Eriksson Ek, Mitchell/Ferraro

There was also some power-play work with:
Foligno, Staal, Stewart, Matt Dumba, Mike Reilly
Zucker, Koivu, Granlund, Ryan Suter, Jared Spurgeon
 
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Assistant coach Hendrickson skates again at Wild practice

For the second day in a row, Wild assistant coach Darby Hendrickson went above and beyond his normal duties. He put on the pads and practiced to fill out the third line, allowing the Wild to have nine forwards for Tuesday’s practice at Xcel Energy Center.

Coach Bruce Boudreau had no update on Zach Parise’s recovery from an undisclosed injury, a day after Parise left the ice midway through Monday’s practice when he experienced what the team is calling “a setback.’’ Parise is scheduled to see a doctor Wednesday. Granlund (groin) is continuing to skate on his own and is “a possibility’’ to return to practice Thursday and perhaps rejoin the lineup for this weekend’s trip to Winnipeg and Calgary.

Marcus Foligno (broken facial bone) should resume practicing “for sure’’ on Thursday, Boudreau said, and the coach is hopeful Foligno will be ready to play Friday.

Hendrickson skated with Daniel Winnik and Joel Eriksson Ek on Tuesday and made it through a one-hour practice just fine, including skating at the end. Matt Cullen practiced at wing on the top line with Eric Staal and Tyler Ennis. Boudreau cautioned not to read too much into that; he simply wanted to get Eriksson Ek back at center.

“I give (Hendrickson) full kudos for putting the stuff on and going out there and trying,’’ Boudreau said. “And for a guy that’s done it for two days and hasn’t been playing for 10 years, he’s done a pretty good job.’’

(The photo on our Wild page is of Hendrickson scoring the first goal in team history in 2000.)

The Wild is off Wednesday. Thursday, it plans to bring up some forwards from the AHL affiliate in Iowa to get in a practice before Friday’s game at Winnipeg.

Final, 10/14 1 2 3 OT F
Columbus 4-1 1 1 2 1 5
Minnesota 1-1-2 1 2 1 0 4

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