Minnesota may be without leading goal scorer Zach Parise when they face off against Dallas for game one of their Western Conference quarter final match up on Thursday.
Per Michael Russo of the Star Tribune, Parise missed Sunday’s practise session, with his ‘maintenance’ period now stretching in to a third day as he recovers from an undisclosed injury.
The 31-year-old was reported to have been struggling with an upper body injury throughout the second half of the regular season, but when asked what the Team USA forward’s status was coach John Torchetti would only say he is day-to-day and would not provide any detail on whether Parise would be available Thursday.
Chris Porter took Parise’s place on Mikael Granlund’s line during Saturday’s final regular season game against Calgary.
“He’s the head of the snake,” Porter said. “We need him in the lineup. If he isn’t able to go, other guys need to step up. But he’s a proven great player in the playoffs and you need your leaders at that time.”
Parise led the Wild with 25 goals this season, and was second to team captain Mikko Koivu in points. He is also the leading playoff scorer in franchise history with 25 points in 28 post season games for the Wild.
Center Erik Haula also missed Sunday’s practice due to an undisclosed injury and is also considered to be day-to-day, creating something of a concern for the Wild as they go up against the high powered Stars.
Minnesota had previously stated Thomas Vanek would definitely miss the start of the playoffs with an upper-body injury.