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Parise is ‘progressing well,’ could play for Wild on Sunday

Dallas Stars v Minnesota Wild

ST. PAUL, MN - NOVEMBER 1: Zach Parise #11 of the Minnesota Wild waits for play to resume during a break in the game against the Dallas Stars on November 1, 2014 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

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The still-mumps-plagued Minnesota Wild won’t get Zach Parise back against the Dallas Stars on Saturday, but he could return as early as Sunday, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

Wild head coach Mike Yeo said that Parise, 30, is “progressing well” in his recovery from concussion issues that have sidelined him since Nov. 4. Minnesota has one win in four games without Parise, with that victory coming against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.

With illness and injuries being an obvious issue, Parise’s status isn’t the only thing the Star-Tribune updated.

Players and staff are getting vaccinated for the mumps while there have been some tweaks. Christian Folin was demoted to the AHL in exchange for fellow defenseman Justin Falk.

The Wild attempt to improve upon a 1-14-5 record in Dallas since March 21, 2003 (nice stat via the Star-Tribune). They face the Winnipeg Jets tomorrow.

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