PHILADELPHIA -- Forwards Zach Parise
and Jason Zucker
both did not travel with the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday for its upcoming two-game road trip.
Zucker, who left the Wild's game on Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks in the second period after a check by Chicago defenseman Michal Rozsival, was placed on Injured Reserve with a concussion on Wednesday. Rozsival was assessed a five-minute interference major and match penalty. Zucker did not play in the Wild's 4-1 loss against the New York Islanders on Tuesday.
Parise, who skated 18:28 against New York, including 5:41 in the third period, is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
The Wild recalled forward Jordan Schroeder from Iowa of the American Hockey League, and he skated on a line in place of Parise with Mikko Koivu and Charlie Coyle during practice.
“He’s going to go up there and play on Mikko’s line with Charlie, and bring some speed like Zach does, and get on the forecheck, and create some turnovers,” interim Head Coach John Torchetti said. “Moving from the [American Hockey League] to the [National Hockey League], which is a big jump, being in top six, but I think he can do it and create some turnovers and make some plays offensively.”
Schroeder is the 13th player in the Wild's locker room to have played for Torchetti in the minor leagues. He said he is looking forward to the opportunity to impress his former coach.
“I want to prove to [Torchetti] that I can play at this level, and I can play here with those guys in that role,” Schroeder said. “I’ve had some success with Charlie in the past, and I’ve never had the opportunity to play with Mikko, so I’m really looking forward to it.”
Forward Chris Porter is expected to play on a line with Thomas Vanek and Mikael Granlund in place of Zucker. Porter scored the Wild’s lone goal against the Islanders in his first game after being a healthy scratch for seven straight games.
“It’s a good situation. [Porter] fits in good because now he’s a grinder, Vanek’s got great hockey sense, and he’s a great finisher and a passer,” Torchetti said. “Now we’ve got a grinder, digging loose pucks and creating loose pucks, going to the net, so it’s a good compliment on that line and he deserves a second chance.”
KFAN Wild Weekly is on Wednesday night at 7 pm CT with Tom Reid checking in from the road this week with the Wild in Philadelphia.