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Zach Parise is back for Wild, following month-long absence with foot injury

Thursday, 01.23.2014 / 1:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise has been cleared to return from the broken left foot that has kept him out of the last 14 games.

The Wild said after the pre-game skate Thursday morning that Parise will play against Chicago. He last suited up Dec. 22.

Parise was hurt initially Nov. 25 when he blocked a shot at St. Louis. He was held out of the next game but returned the game after and played another month, trying to push through the pain. Over those 12 games, Parise had only four goals and one assist. The Wild decided to shut him down and let him fully heal.

In 37 games this season, Parise has 15 goals and 12 assists.

For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory