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Kuemper, Parise Each Miss Practice On Tuesday

by Evan Sporer / Minnesota Wild

Goaltender Darcy Kuemper and forward Zach Parise each did not participate in the Minnesota Wild's practice on Tuesday in Edina.

Kuemper missed the Wild's game on Tuesday, a 3-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings, with an upper-body injury.

Parise, who left practice early on Sunday with an undisclosed injury, played in the win on Monday against Detroit, skating 18:04 and taking three shots on goal.

Head Coach Mike Yeo said he expects Parise to practice on Wednesday before the Wild travels to St. Louis to begin a four-game road trip, while he's still waiting on a more definitive update on Kuemper.

"Just keeping him off today," said Yeo, who said he did not know if Kuemper would accompany the team on the road trip. "I don't think it's going to be a two or three day thing, but I also don’t think it's going to be a two or three week thing.

"But right now that's pretty much just speculation on my part, too."

In Kuemper's absence, Devan Dubnyk started against Detroit and made 28 saves. Dubnyk had been cut on the arm Sunday during practice after being hit by a shot, making his status for the Monday game uncertain.

Dubnyk practiced on Tuesday, remaining on the ice for most of the hour the Wild was outside.

With the Wild carrying two healthy goalies (Dubynk and Niklas Backstrom) as opposed to its regular three, Tino Vasquez, a local emergency goalie for the Wild, was called into action.

Vasquez also serves as the emergency goalie for visiting teams, and was recently called by the New York Rangers after Antti Raanta was injured when the Rangers were playing at Xcel Energy Center December 17.

"Tino was on fire," Head Coach Mike Yeo said after practice.

He was one of the stars of practice, leading his team to an unofficial victory in the four-on-four scrimmage, then stopping a number of Wild skaters in the shootout to end practice.

"Get [Dubnyk] back in there, team white," Yeo said to the Wild's "green team" as he skated by its bench during the four-on-four.

Vasquez previously played for Hamline University, and also in a semi-professional league in the Czech Republic.

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