Wild left winger Zach Parise out indefinitely with concussion

Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise has a concussion and will be out indefinitely.
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Minnesota Wild left winger Zach Parise has a concussion and will be out indefinitely, the team announced on Thursday.

Head coach Mike Yeo said Parise had been diagnosed with the injury and there is no time frame for his return to the lineup. Parise did not travel with the team for its upcoming road trip. 

Parise has four goals and a team-leading 10 points in 11 games this season after scoring 29 goals in 67 games last year.

The 30-year-old added four goals and 14 points in last spring’s playoffs as the Wild advanced to the Western Conference quarterfinals before falling to the Chicago Blackhawks.

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The Minneapolis Star-Tribunereports that Niklas Backstrom will start in place of Parise when the Wild face the Ottawa Senators on Thursday. 

Parise is in his third season in Minnesota after signing a 13-year, $98 million deal with the Wild in July 2012.

A Minneapolis native, Parise was the 17th overall pick by the Devils in 2003 and played seven years in New Jersey, scoring 194 goals in 502 career games and leading the Devils to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2012.

Parise named to the league's Second All-Star Team in 2008-09 and chosen as Devils MVP after scoring a career-high 45 goals and totaling 94 points.

- Phil Watson