Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Parise Dealing With Back Injury
As the Minnesota Wild draw closer and closer to their opening round series against the Dallas Stars, they are likely preparing to do so without the services of Zach Parise and will likely be doing so for the foreseeable future.
The top end Wild forward has been dealing with a herniated disc in his back since January, according to reports, and that injury was aggravated in the final few games of the regular season, forcing him to sit out the last couple games of the season. This week, he has gone to see a specialist, which is never a good sign, and now things are not looking nearly as rosy for the Wild, who will need some kind of offense to beat Dallas.
The Wild have him listed as day-to-day, but it will take a herculean effort for Parise to come back from this and/or play through it. Still, the official reports are the official reports.
The 31-year old forward wasn't nearly as dominating as he once was in his NHL career, finishing 92nd in pool scoring with 25 goals and 53 points on the year for the Wild. Still, those 25 goals are pretty big when they come out of the lineup.
As for the Playoff Pool, Parise is situated in Box 2, a box normally reserved for scorers on teams either making it to the Cup Finals or the Conference Finals. Do you have the Wild going that far this year?