Updated: December 28th, 2013 4:41pm
Struggling Wild place top-line winger Zach Parise on injured reserve

Struggling Wild place top-line winger Zach Parise on injured reserve

by Judd Zulgad
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The Minnesota Wild placed Zach Parise on injured reserve Saturday after the top-line winger missed two games because of a lower-body injury.

While the Wild won't provide details, the logical assumption is that Parise has never fully recovered from the foot injury he suffered on Nov. 25 in St. Louis when he blocked a shot from the Blues' Alex Steen.

Parise, who has 15 goals and 27 points in 37 games this season, was expected to miss two to three weeks at the time but ended up sitting out only one game before rushing back.

Now he will get some time to rest the foot as the struggling Wild returns home to play the New York Islanders on Sunday. The Wild lost all four games on their just completed road trip, falling 6-4 at Winnipeg on Friday.

Since opening December with back-to-back victories over Philadelphia and Chicago, the Wild has gone 3-7.

The Wild also made another roster move, sending goaltender Johan Gustafsson to Iowa of the AHL.

Josh Harding, who was placed on injured reserve this month so a minor adjustment could be made to his treatment for multiple sclerosis, has rejoined the team and could start Sunday. That would be a big boost considing Harding is now the Wild's clear-cut No. 1 goalie.

Harding has an NHL-leading 1.51 goals-against average and is second in the league with a .939 save percentage.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Josh Harding, Zach Parise