After missing the first week of training camp because of a back issue, Zach Parise was back on the ice with teammates Friday’s at Xcel Energy Center. Parise took the ice about 15 minutes early and worked on stick handling and shooting, among other things, before going full-bore during an hour-long practice session. He looked comfortable on his skates, and even beat goaltender Alex Stalock with a few wicked wrist shots during rushes up the ice. “It was fun,” Parise said. “It was nice to get on the ice with a group of guys and get into some type of … game scenarios.” “It’s different than skating on my own and doing scripted drills and knowing where I’m going and what direction I’m going,” he added. “When I got out there today, it was 10 guys in the neutral zone and it was a little chaotic. You’ve got to react. That was a good step for me to be able to do that. Hopefully it keeps getting better and better.” Parise had been working with skating coach Andy Ness before and after practices for the past week, and while he admitted that it’s been frustrating not practicing with his teammates, he made it clear that his main focus is on starting the regular season at 100 percent.
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