The Wild has activated left wing Zach Parise off injured reserve, an indication he will return today when the Wild hosts the Winnipeg Jets at 4 p.m. Defenseman Jonas Brodin was placed on IR to make room on the roster.

Parise, the Wild's leading scorer with 10 points, has missed five games with a concussion.

Coach Mike Yeo will be available before the game, but he said last night there's a good chance Niklas Backstrom makes his first home start since January. Backstrom stopped 25 shots in a win at home against Buffalo on Thursday after replacing Darcy Kuemper.

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