Wearing a yellow, non-contact jersey, Zach Parise took part in an optional practice with about a dozen other guys on the ice this morning at Xcel Energy Center.

It was Parise’s second time on the ice and first with some teammates since his last game Dec. 22 at the Rangers. He’ll miss his 12th consecutive game Thursday against the Oilers with a broken foot.
Parise said he barely broke a sweat Tuesday, so today’s practice was a better test to see how it felt. He described it as “OK.”

“A couple times I found myself off balance, sometimes favoring the other foot,” Parise said. “But after a while when I got comfortable using it, it felt pretty good. Quick starts, it felt much better than it did a month ago, so that’s a good sign.”

Parise praised the job the team has done since he was sidelined, “especially this last little stretch.”
Right now, he has got no timetable for a return.

“It’s skate, see how you feel the next morning, do a little more if you feel OK, then see how you feel the next morning,” Parise said. “So I’ll see how it is when I wake up in the morning. Timeline, I don’t know. You’ve got to get back into game shape and playing shape. It was tough not to being able to do that type of stuff for three, four weeks. It’s hard.”

On Jan. 8, Parise’s wife, Alisha, gave birth to twins – a girl, Emelia, and boy, Jaxson.

“It’s been the greatest thing ever. I couldn’t be happier,” Parise said. “It’s 10 times better than the way people describe it. Everyone says it’s the greatest thing in the world. You hear them, but you don’t really hear them until you go through it and see it and have them at home, it’s incredible.”