Parise, Haula unlikely to play for Wild during road trip


The goal-scoring has dried up for the Minnesota Wild, and to make matters worse, it doesn’t sound like Zach Parise and Erik Haula will be back in the next little while.

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau told reporters Monday that chances were “slim” that Parise or Haula would return to action in Minnesota’s upcoming three-game road trip. Both forwards are currently out with foot injuries.

“Erik skated today and said he felt good. … I don’t know what timetable that means,” Boudreau said, per the Star Tribune. “Zach was about 70 percent. He’s getting better every day.”

The Wild (6-4-1) play Thursday in Pittsburgh, Saturday in Philadelphia, and Sunday in Ottawa. They’re coming off a 1-0 loss in Colorado on Saturday, their second straight defeat after a 2-1 home loss to Buffalo.

The Wild’s two-game losing streak followed a three-game winning streak in which they scored 13 goals on just 70 shots, while Devan Dubnyk didn’t allow a single goal against.

Minnesota is also without defenseman Marco Scandella. He isn’t even skating yet, so don’t expect him back anytime soon either.

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