Zach Parise was a surprise participant at the Minnesota Wild morning skate Wednesday one day after the team announced he would miss 2-3 weeks with a foot injury.
Wild coach Mike Yeo told reporters after the morning workout Parise will not play against the Phoenix Coyotes, but it was obviously encouraging to see him on the ice two days after hurting his foot while blocking a shot. Parise has a contusion on his foot after an X-ray was negative.
Parise told Michael Russo of the (Minneapolis) Star-Tribune he hopes to play soon, but he experienced more pain as the morning skate progressed after initially thinking he could play Wednesday.
The Wild will go with Niklas Backstrom in net and Josh Harding as his backup. Harding missed his prior scheduled start because of an injury during warm-ups and Backstrom has been in net the past two games.
Thomas Greiss confirmed to Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic he will start in goal for the Coyotes. Coach Dave Tippett told reporters captain Shane Doan is probable despite leaving a game Monday with a lower-body injury and not practicing Tuesday. He was on the ice for the morning skate at Xcel Energy Center.
Phoenix defenseman Rostislav Klesla cleared waivers and injured forward Lauri Korpikoski was moved to injured reserve, McLellan reported. Forward Chris Brown and defenseman Connor Murphy joined the Coyotes Wednesday morning, and Tippett confirmed Muprhy will play.
Here's a look at the possible lineups for the Coyotes and Wild:
Shane Doan - Mike Ribeiro - David Moss
Tim Kennedy - Martin Hanzal - Radim Vrbata
Rob Klinkhammer - Antoine Vermette - Mikkel Boedker
Kyle Chipchura - Jeff Halpern - Jordan Szwarz
Michael Stone - Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Keith Yandle - Derek Morris
David Rundblad - Connor Murphy
Scratches: Chris Brown, Paul Bissonnette
Injured: Lauri Korpikoski (upper body), Zbynek Michalek (lower body), David Schlemko (lower body)
Notes: Tippett said Murphy would play but was unsure about Brown. He also didn't say who Brown could replace.
Torrey Mitchell - Mikko Koivu - Charlie Coyle
Nino Niederreiter - Mikael Granlund - Jason Pominville
Matt Cooke - Kyle Brodziak - Dany Heatley
Justin Fontaine - Zenon Konopka - Mike Rupp
Ryan Suter - Jonas Brodin
Marco Scandella - Jared Spurgeon
Clayton Stoner - Keith Ballard
Scratched: Nate Prosser, Matt Dumba
Injured: Zach Parise
Notes: Mitchell is on injured reserve but is expected to return to the lineup after Zucker was sent down to make room for him. Where Mitchell will play in the lineup remains unclear, but he could take Parise's place on the top line.