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Keith Ballard | Defenseman

Team: Minnesota Wild
Age / DOB:  (31) / 11/26/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 208
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Keith Ballard (lower body) returned to action on Friday October 17.
Ballard had an assist and a minor penalty in only 7:08 minutes of action as the Wild went with mostly four defensemen with Mathew Dumba just getting over 11 minutes of ice time. Ballard is not worth taking at this time. Oct 18 - 2:05 AM

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Keith Ballard will not play Saturday night against the Jets due to a lower-body injury.

He should be considered day-to-day.
Sep 27 - 12:51 PM

Keith Ballard has undergone surgery to repair a sports hernia.

GM Chuck Fletcher said that Ballard was the only Wild player to need off-season surgery. The 31-year-old defenseman should be ready for the start of training camp.
Jun 7 - 8:10 AM

Keith Ballard (upper body) will be back in Minnesota's lineup for Game 6.

He missed Game 5 on Sunday because of an upper-body injury after getting hit from behind by Chicago's Brandon Bollig. Ballard is expected to take Nate Prosser's spot in the lineup.
May 13 - 12:11 PM

Keith Ballard (upper body) won't play in Game 5 Sunday night.

He was checked from behind into the boards during the second period of Minnesota's 4-2 win over the Blackhawks. His night ended on Friday after he logged 7:10 of ice time. Ballard won't travel with the team to Chicago.
May 10 - 2:23 PM

Keith Ballard is ready to return from a groin injury.

Ballard will play in Game 3 of Minnesota's second round series against Chicago on Tuesday. He had two goals and nine points in 45 regular season contests. This will be his first game since March 17.
May 6 - 12:27 PM

Keith Ballard (groin) is "very close" to returning, according to coach Mike Yeo.

He sat out his eighth consecutive game on Monday because of a groin injury.
Apr 1 - 9:46 AM

Keith Ballard (groin) was the only Wild player to stay off the ice Friday morning.

Ballard is expected to miss his third consecutive game on Saturday. He has nine points and 37 penalty minutes in 45 games in 2013-14.
Mar 21 - 5:25 PM

Keith Ballard has sat out Minnesota's last two games because of a groin injury.

He has nine points and a minus-7 rating in 45 games this season.
Mar 21 - 9:20 AM

Keith Ballard scored a goal on Saturday.

Ballard has only been held off the scoresheet in one of his last four contests. He has two goals and nine points in 36 games this season.
Feb 2 - 10:07 AM

Keith Ballard found the back of the net in Minnesota's 3-2 defeat against the San Jose Sharks.

It was Ballard's first goal since Oct. 6, 2011. The defensive defenseman has seven points in 33 games this season.
Jan 26 - 10:09 AM

Keith Ballard was a healthy scratch for a fourth straight game on Tuesday.

He hasn't played since he was benched on Jan. 7 versus Los Angeles. In 28 games this season, Ballard has six assists, 31 penalty minutes and a minus-7 rating.
Jan 15 - 10:11 AM

The Minnesota Wild will get Keith Ballard (upper body) back on Wednesday.

Ballard has missed Minnesota's last nine games. He has four assists in nine contests this season.
Wed, Nov 27, 2013 12:37:00 PM

Keith Ballard skated with his teammates on Friday for the first time since suffering an upper-body injury two weeks ago.

The injuy has sidelined Ballard for Minnesota's last seven games. The veteran blueliner may need a few more practices to get into game shape before returning to the Wild lineup.
Sat, Nov 23, 2013 12:41:00 PM

Keith Ballard (upper body) has been placed on the injured reserve list.

Ballard is expected to be out for about two weeks, so this move makes sense. He has four assists and nine penalty minutes in nine games this season.
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 02:32:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Mikko Koivu
2Mikael Granlund
3Erik Haula
4Kyle Brodziak
5Ryan Carter
LW1Zach Parise
2Justin Fontaine
3Matt Cooke
4Jason Zucker
RW1Thomas Vanek
2Jason Pominville
3Charlie Coyle
4Nino Niederreiter
D1Ryan Suter
2Jonas Brodin
3Jared Spurgeon
4Marco Scandella
5Keith Ballard
6Mathew Dumba
7Nate Prosser
8Christian Folin
G1Darcy Kuemper
2Niklas Backstrom
3Josh Harding