Parise takes first step in recovery from MCL injury

The Minnesota Wild got some good news on Saturday, as forward Zach Parise took part in the team’s practice for the first time since suffering a sprained MCL earlier this month.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Michael Russo, Parise looked “rusty with his skating and stick-handling.”

The Wild won their first three games without him, but have since dropped three straight (0-2-1).

The Pioneer Press mentions that Parise could play against the Canucks on Wednesday if he’s a full-participant in Monday and Tuesday’s team practices.

On another positive note, Minnesota will have Jonas Brodin back when they take on Nashville on Saturday night.

The 22-year-old missed the team’s last game against Boston because of the stomach flu.

That’s a huge boost for a Wild team that will be without Marco Scandella, who suffered a lower-body injury in Tuesday’s loss to the Penguins.

As PHT mentioned yesterday, forward Jason Zucker will suit up after being slashed by Matt Beleskey earlier this week.

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