The question is whether Wild coach Mike Yeo and forward Zach Parise were still being cautious or just being coy.

Parise, who has missed 14 consecutive games with a foot injury, had his second full-contact practice with the Wild today. It was his first while part of a regular line. He bumped, he battled, he went into the corners, worked on the top power play unit.

And yet, after it was over, he assessed his chances of playing at “50-50.’’

Yeo? He said he didn’t know if Parise would be back Thursday against Chicago at Xcel Energy Center. The idea was to get him into a full practice as part of a line and see how he felt. He will be checked again after Thursday morning’s pre-game skate, at which time a decision should be made.

“If he feels good to go, then obviously he’s in,” Yeo said. “It’s got to be, basically, that he knows, and he’s confident, that he’s up to full speed. And that he’s ready to come in and play at the level we need him to.’’

Greetings from Xcel Energy Center. Kent Youngblood here, filling in for Mr. Russo, who is away tending to a family matter for a few days.

But back to Parise. It’s hard not to think that the decision has already been made for Parise to return to action at home against Chicago. That is unless there is some unforeseen setback.

After all, Yeo trotted out some line combinations that were, given recent history, at least mildly surprising, indicative of a coaching staff haven given this a lot of thought.