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Assistant coach Hendrickson skates again at Wild practice

Center Darby Hendrickson sent the puck past Flyers goalie Brian Boucher for the first goal in Wild franchise history on Oct. 11, 2000.

With the Wild down to eight healthy forwards, Darby Hendrickson practiced again Tuesday as the team awaits word on Zach Parise and Mikael Granlund.


Parise has injury setback, leaves Wild practice

Zach Parise (11)

The Wild had hoped to have Zach Parise back in the lineup Friday, but he left the ice at Monday's Wild practice after about 25 minutes.


Newcomers hold their own, but Wild veterans disappoint

Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter (20) argued with referee Tom Kowal (32) after the game-winning goal was scored in overtime by Columbus Blue Jackets center Alexander Wennberg (10).

In Saturday's overtime loss, players recalled from Iowa made the most of limited minutes, while some regulars didn't meet expectations.


Newcomer Luke Kunin excited to play in Wild's home opener tonight

Called up Friday by the injury-depleted Wild, Kunin will make his NHL debut Saturday against Columbus at Xcel, while Charlie Coyle, Nino Niederreiter, Marcus Foligno, Zach Parise and Mikael Granlund continue to heal.


Wild calls up Kunin, 3 others; Reilly sent to Iowa

Dallas Stars goalie Ben Bishop (30) watches as Minnesota Wild center Luke Kunin (19) keeps the puck from Stars defenseman Dan Hamhuis (2) during the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)

Already playing without injured forwards Zach Parise and Mikael Granlund, the Wild lost three more forwards in Thursday night's win at Chicago and made roster moves.


Coyle, Niederreiter probably out Saturday; Foligno uncertain

Minnesota Wild's Charlie Coyle (3) breaks away from Carolina Hurricanes' Jaccob Slavin (74) to shoot the puck at goalie Scott Darling (33) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

The Wild is down to eight healthy forwards after injuries in a 5-2 victory over Chicago, which also included a controversial offside call.


Boudreau: Wild must be fast starters against Chicago

Minnesota Wild right wing Nino Niederreiter (22) celebrated with defenseman Jared Spurgeon (46) after Spurgeon scored a goal on Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) in the second period Wednesday.

The Wild resumes its schedule Thursday against the Blackhawks, who have outscored opponents 11-1 in first periods en route to a 3-0-1 record.


Without Parise and Granlund, Wild tweaking lineup for Chicago game

Coach Bruce Boudreau will use his seven defensemen and 11 forwards a bit differently at Chicago on Thursday.


Wild's Parise inches closer, but Granlund to miss next four games

Mikael Granlund

Mikael Granlund has not been on the ice for a game or practice since playing in last Thursday's season opener at Detroit.


Parise back at practice with Wild, but quiet about injury details

Wild left winger Zach Parise

Despite multiple reports, Wild forward Zach Parise said the the injury he has been dealing with is not a back injury.


Boudreau: Wild too 'loosey-goosey' in 5-4 shootout loss

Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau

The Wild swiped a point in Carolina on Mikko Koivu's buzzer-beater, but poor defense and decisionmaking cost it a victory.


Granlund out, Stalock in for Wild at Carolina

Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser (65) checked Wild right winger Mikael Granlund as he tried to shoot in the third period Thursday.

Wild forward Mikael Granlund is not expected to play tonight at Carolina, when goalie Alex Stalock will get his first start of the season.


Postgame: Wild's power play endures power outage

Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser (65) checked Wild right winger Mikael Granlund as he tried to shoot in the third period Thursday.

The Wild got no goals from a tepid power play in Thursday's 4-2 loss to Detroit, and it also was hurt by two disallowed goals and a failure to lift shots.


Winnik in Wild lineup as NHL season opens new Detroit arena

The veteran winger signed yesterday, and his papers came through just in time to face the Red Wings.


Wild signs veteran forward Winnik on eve of season opener

Minnesota Wild right wing Daniel Winnik (26) was checked into the boards by Winnipeg Jets defenseman Nelson Nogier (62) while trying to get to the puck in the first period last week at the X. Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck (37) was in the foreground.

With a back issue keeping Zach Parise out for the Wild's first two games, at least, the team signed veteran winger Daniel Winnik.


Winnik practices with Wild but hasn't signed a contract yet

Minnesota Wild right wing Daniel Winnik (26) was checked into the boards by Winnipeg Jets defenseman Nelson Nogier (62) while trying to get to the puck in the first period last week at the X. Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck (37) was in the foreground.

Coach Bruce Boudreau said he's not sure if Daniel Winnik will be traveling with the Wild to Detroit on Wednesday, ahead of Thursday's season opener.


Suter and Spurgeon: Back together again as top Wild defensive pair

Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk, center, is congratulated by teammates Ryan Suter, left, and Jared Spurgeon, right, at the completion of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues, Saturday, March 14, 2015, in St. Louis. Minnesota won the game 3-1.

After experimenting with new defensive combinations during training camp, Wild coach Bruce Boudreau has gone back to a proven duo.


Wild's Parise will miss first two games; Kunin sent to Iowa

Dallas Stars goalie Ben Bishop (30) watches as Minnesota Wild center Luke Kunin (19) keeps the puck from Stars defenseman Dan Hamhuis (2) during the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)

For now, the team is keeping Joel Eriksson Ek as the third-line center and waiting to see where Zach Parise is at physically.


Parise hopes to play regular season opener; Winnik to sit preseason finale

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Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said Zach Parise hopes to have three days of full-contact practice next week and play in Thursday's opener.


Cullen, Dumba ready for Wild's preseason finale; Parise sits again

Wild forward Matt Cullen tries to get a shot on net while being defended by Gustav Olofsson during training camp.

Zach Parise was not on the ice for Thursday's optional practice or Friday's regular practice, but Bruce Boudreau is keeping positive about the winger's readiness for Thursday's regular-season opener.