Ballard in Lineup, Kuemper to Serve as Backup Goalie

Updated: 05/13/2014 1:53 PM KSTP.com By: Nick Tabbert

Darcy Kuemper plays against the Anaheim Ducks earlier this season.
Darcy Kuemper plays against the Anaheim Ducks earlier this season.
Photo: Photo: AP/ Reed Saxon

The Minnesota Wild got some good news Tuesday morning ahead of Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Wild defenseman Keith Ballard will be in the lineup after missing Game 5, the team said. He suffered an upper-body injury during Game 4, only his second game back from a prolonged groin injury during the regular season.

Ballard was injured in the second period of Game 4 when Chicago's Brandon Bollig hit him from behind against the board. Bollig was given a minor penalty and later suspended by the league for two games. Bollig will serve the second game of that suspension Tuesday night.

The team also announced goalie Darcy Kuemper will serve as the backup to Ilya Bryzgalov. Kuemper suffered an upper-body injury in the third period of Game 7 against the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He was on the ice Tuesday during the morning skate.

Wild head coach Mike Yeo said forward Matt Moulson, who was also on the ice during the morning skate, will not be in the lineup for Game 6. Yeo said he could return for the potential Game 7 on Thursday in Chicago.

Moulson has been battling a lower-body injury and missed both Game 4 and Game 5.

Chicago leads the best-of-seven games series 3-2. Should the Wild win Tuesday's Game 6, Game 7 would be at 7 p.m. at United Center in Chicago.