Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise left practice early Monday, potentially putting his season debut on hold.
Parise started practice on a line with Eric Staal and Joel Eriksson Ek, and general manager Chuck Fletcher called his early departure a setback in his recovery from an undisclosed injury.
"We'll see what it means," Fletcher said. "I don't want to speculate, but it would have been better if he could have finished the practice, but he didn't, so we'll see how he feels. I try not to get too up or down and things like that. You feel badly for Zach, he's working hard and he's in great shape, and hopefully this is just a short-term setback, if it even is a setback. We'll find out more later on, but I'm sure it's very frustrating for him."
The Wild next play at the Winnipeg Jets on Friday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-N+, NHL.TV).
Parise, 33, had taken part in four straight practices and there was hope that he could play against the Jets.
"Nobody cares and nobody wants to play hard and play well for this franchise more than Zach," Fletcher said. "And so we'll hope for the best there. But in the meantime, we'll just deal with what we have to deal with."
Because of a rash of injuries the Wild had nine forwards at practice. Defenseman Gustav Olofsson and assistant coach Darby Hendrickson filled two spots on the fourth line.
Forward Charlie Coyle is expected to miss 6-8 weeks because of a broken fibula and is on long-term injured reserve. Forward Nino Niederreiter is expected to miss at least three weeks because of a high ankle sprain and is on injured reserve.
There was a bit of good news, however. Forward Mikael Granlund, who has missed the past three games because of a groin injury, skated on his own before practice and could play against the Jets. Forward Marcus Foligno, who sustained a facial fracture against the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 12, could skate Wednesday and practice Thursday, and Fletcher said he could be available in Winnipeg.
"Foligno had a good off-ice workout today too and did well, so we'll see how everybody feels tomorrow, and as the week goes on we'll see who's a candidate to play for this weekend," Fletcher said. "Hopefully all going well, he can start skating Wednesday and again, he's feeling better and better every day."