Remember when we ran down that huge list of key playoff injuries?
Well, you can add another one.
On Wednesday, the Wild announced that Zach Parise is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury, and will miss Games 1 and 2 of their opening-round playoff series against Dallas.
Parise, who hasn’t played since a 3-0 loss to the Sharks on Apr. 5, is reportedly dealing with a lingering back issue.
Per the Star-Tribune, he was at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester on Monday seeing a specialist.
It’s hard to convey just how huge a loss this is for Minnesota.
You can point to his regular-season numbers, his leadership qualities and his innate ability to win board battles, but those don’t really encompass all Parise brings to the table — especially in the postseason.
To wit: Minnesota has played 23 games in each of the last two playoffs combined. Over that time, Parise’s scored 24 points while averaging nearly 20 minutes per night.
With Parise out, the Wild look as though they’ll go with Charlie Coyle and Jason Zucker on the wings with center Mikko Koivu.