Parise (upper body) is likely to miss the next three contests, the Associated Press reports. Parise took a high stick near his eye in Tuesday's loss to the Capitals and he's reportedly been dealing with bruising and swelling in that area. With the Wild having already clinched a playoff spot and currently holding the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, the priority is likely to ensure that the oft-injured winger is ready to go for the playoffs.
Parise's eye was "really swollen" after Tuesday's loss against the Capitals, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. Head coach Bruce Boudreau mentioned that Parise's injury is more of the upper-body variety than specifically the eye, although it's uncertain what that means exactly. Reading the tea leaves, perhaps the coach is hinting Parise has a concussion, which would obviously keep him out a bit longer than a simple laceration.
Parise was forced from Tuesday's game against the Capitals due to an eye injury, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. Parise was clipped by a high stick from Tom Wilson of the Capitals that resulted in a double-minor penalty. On a positive note, the Caps cashed in with an Alexander Ovechkin power-play goal. Parise remained in the building, according to Russo, who viewed that as a good sign. We'll update when more information is available.
Parise picked up assists on the power play and at even strength in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Sharks. Parise failed to register a shot on goal after taking eight over the previous two contests, but that didn't stop him from pushing his point streak to three games. It's concerning that the 32-year-old veteran has just one goal in his past nine games after scoring 15 in his first 51, and even more so that he's only generating 1.9 shots on goal per appearance over this poor stretch after mustering 3.1 up to March 5.
Parise scored a goal and added an assist during Friday's win over Florida. Parise has been limited to just 54 games and posted only 16 goals and 31 points. It's certainly respectable production, but he's also been leapfrogged on the depth chart by some younger forwards on the team. Parise shouldn't be considered a go-to fantasy asset at this stage of his career, and it's likely best to leave him to deeper settings.
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