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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.

Parise has injury setback, leaves Wild practice

The Wild’s wait to have franchise cornerstone Zach Parise back in the lineup might get longer.

Parise, who had hoped to make his season debut Friday at Winnipeg, left Monday’s practice at St. Thomas Arena after about 25 minutes. Coach Bruce Boudreau acknowledged that Parise had a setback with an unspecified injury.

“I don’t know how much of a setback or anything,” Boudreau said. “I know I talked to him before practice, and he felt great. That’s why he was in a red color [jersey] and was ready to go. The next thing I know, somebody told me he went off. I don’t know why he went off. Obviously, something didn’t feel right.”

Parise had been on a line with Eric Staal and Joel Eriksson Ek, but after Parise left, Boudreau had to move defenseman Gustav Olofsson onto that line.

Besides Parise, the Wild have been decimated with injuries to forwards Mikael Granlund (groin), Charlie Coyle (broken right fibula), Nino Niederreiter (high left ankle sprain) and Marcus Foligno (broken facial bone).

With the reinforcements sent back to Iowa, the Wild had assistant coach Darby Hendrickson suit up for Monday’s practice.

Granlund, who has been out since Oct. 6, looked strong skating before Monday’s practice. He was expected to miss this weekend’s games at Winnipeg and Calgary, but Fletcher said that’s “not necessarily” the plan anymore. It sounds like Granlund could be available sooner.

Foligno could be ready to play Friday, as Fletcher said he is close to returning to practice and will have a full cage face mask for protection.

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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