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Parise out for Wild to be with ailing father

by Dan Myers /

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise will not play against the San Jose Sharks at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday to spend time with his father, former NHL player J.P. Parise, who has stage 4 lung cancer.

"It's hard to watch," Zach Parise told the Star Tribune on Saturday. "It's the hardest thing I've ever had to deal with in my life."

The newspaper said Zach Parise has been excused from practices in recent weeks to spend time with his father, and the Wild told him to "show up for games."

"They've been really supportive about it, but the hard part about it is you try to go to the rink and forget about stuff, but the hard part is … this was kind of our thing," Parise said.

Jason Zucker moved up to Minnesota's top line during pregame line rushes. Thomas Vanek moved to Zucker's spot on the second line, Matt Cooke to Vanek's third-line position, and Brett Sutter, who missed the past two games with illness, to the fourth line.

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