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Zach’s Back: After 14-game absence, Parise returns for Minnesota

Jan 23, 2014, 12:20 PM EDT

The Minnesota Wild will get a huge boost tonight as alternate captain Zach Parise will play for the first time in 14 games.

Parise, out since Dec. 22 with a foot injury, said he’s feeling good and wants to “give it a shot” tonight as the Wild host the defending Cup champion Blackhawks.

The 29-year-old has fared well against Chicago this year — scoring twice in three games — and was having a productive season prior to getting hurt, with 15 goals and 27 points in 37 games.

Parise also modeled the Team USA Olympic outfit today, which we present here without comment:

 

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Parise’s return couldn’t come at a better time. The Wild are coming off one of their worst losses of the season — a 4-0 defeat in Dallas in which they were out-shot 36-18 — and have been brutal on the power play of late, scoring just once in their last 20 opportunities.

  1. dwadholm - Jan 23, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    And the winner of the ugly sweater party is…

    • pfhockey - Jan 23, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      Parise,” I’d like to thank Nike for designing my sweater…”

      • badgerhockey77 - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:53 PM

        Beat me to it! haha

  2. sharksfan754 - Jan 23, 2014 at 1:14 PM

  3. clayman61 - Jan 23, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    That’s ugly! lol..

  4. topshelf25 - Jan 23, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Haha, I don’t feel bad for this guy. He has made some pretty bad decisions over the past few years and modeling this is one of them.

  5. swenny19 - Jan 23, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Yeah I’m sure he was just begging team USA to model their clothes. His decision.

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