Alexander Shun | @alexpshun
Digital Content Manager | KFAN.com
After a high stick took Minnesota Wild winger Zach Parise out of the game last night, there was admitted concern over what the injury was and how bad the injury was. Did the stick get him in the eye? Then come the obvious hockey concerns such as whether he would miss time and, if so, how much?
Wild Head Coach Bruce Boudreau spoke with KFAN's Paul Allen on #92Noon Wednesday morning before the team's practice and said that there was still a level of uncertainty regarding Parise's injury.
"We know the eye is fine, but we don't know if there's any damage around it," Boudreau told Allen. "[Parise] was definitely sore last night."
To make matters worse for the Wild, not only did they lose Parise to injury, but they also lost the game to the Washington Capitals, 5-4 in overtime.
Minnesota has now lost four-straight games for the second time in the month of March and the loss of Parise for a long period of time could only make things worse for a team that is struggling to get wins in any way of late.
Boudreau talked after practice Wednesday - a practice in which Parise not surprisingly did not attend - and gave another update on the injured Wild winger.
"His eye looks pretty black and blue but he can see and he's fine as far as that goes," Boudreau said. "He's a little sore in his upper body but I don't think that he's going to be out for a long period of time. I don't think he's going to play tomorrow but, at the same time, it wouldn't surprise me if after the weekend he's ready to go."
Parise did not speak with the media after practice Wednesday but with his coach providing some positivity on what could have been a very negative result for Minnesota, the Wild and their fans surely must be encouraged as they'll need Parise if they hope to get out of their current rut.