ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Zach Parise admittedly would have rather been on the ice than watching from a distance when his Minnesota Wild played their first preseason game Tuesday against Columbus. He also didn't travel to Winnipeg for Thursday's preseason game and said he didn't tune into the game on the radio, only catching highlights afterward.
Saturday against Winnipeg, however, Parise and some of the Wild's other big names will finally take the ice in Minnesota's third of six preseason games leading up to the opener Oct. 3 against the Los Angeles Kings.
"I think that's the only way you really get in your game shape," Parise said Friday of playing in preseason games. "We can skate as hard as we want all year. You have to start playing some games to get into the full game shape, so it will be good to start tomorrow."
Wild fans will get their first chance to see the new-look top line of Parise, Mikko Koivu and Jason Pominville when Minnesota hosts the Winnipeg Jets at Xcel Energy Cente...