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Zach Parise week to week for Wild

Left wing sustained lower-body injury against Sabres on Thursday

by Jessi Pierce / Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise is week to week with a lower-body injury.

The 32-year-old did not play in a 4-0 win against the Dallas Stars on Saturday after he was injured in a 4-0 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.

The Wild moved rookie Joel Eriksson Ek from center to left wing with Parise out of the lineup. They also recalled forwards Tyler Graovac and Christoph Bertschy from Iowa of the American Hockey League.

Graovac scored and Bertschy got the secondary assist on the Wild's fourth goal.

"I've always believed that when one guy goes out, another guy's got a chance to make his game," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said of losing Parise. "Graovac tonight and Bertschy I thought were real good, and you know, I mean, it's their opportunity. Let's see if they can sustain what they did tonight. They might have been our two best forwards."

In eight games this season, Parise has two goals and six points. He scored his 300th and 301st NHL goals in a 6-3 loss to the New York Islanders on Oct. 23, and has 625 points in 769 career games with the Wild and New Jersey Devils.

Parise has missed 35 regular-season games since the start of the 2013-14 season, and sat out the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a back injury.

Wild defenseman Marco Scandella also is week to week with a lower-body injury.

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