Parise's father, former NHL player J.P. Parise, died Wednesday after a battle with lung cancer.
Zach Parise has been away from the team since Tuesday, missing two games and a practice, but was able to spend time with his father and his family during J.P.'s final days.
"Not only the last few days, but the last month has been really hard," Parise said. "Last night, watching the game, finally my wife told me, 'You have to go to the rink. You have to go and practice and get away and try to get back in the groove of things.'"