Having lost three of their last five — and having only scored eight goals over that span — the Wild are no doubt excited to get one of their best forwards back into the lineup tonight versus Calgary.
Zach Parise, who has missed the last six games with a foot injury, will make his return this evening, per the Star-Tribune. The 32-year-old hasn’t played since a 4-0 win over Buffalo back on Oct. 27, and his ailment derailed what was a very solid start to the campaign.
Parise had six points in Minnesota’s first eight games, while shouldering his customary heavy workload (18:22 TOI per night). The Wild, in turn, had a very good start to the year as well.
Minnesota will no doubt hope that Parise’s return to health is something of a foreshadow for the rest of the club. The Wild have dealt with a rash of injuries lately and, because of salary cap concerns, have been rotating through AHL recalls at forward. Erik Haula returned from injury five days ago, and it looks like Haula could play on a line with Parise and Jason Pominville tonight.