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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 (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

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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

Keith Ballard (upper body) will sidelined for about two weeks.

In nine outings this season with the Wild, Ballard has four assists and a plus-6 rating. He's also good for a blocked shot and a hit per game.
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 01:25:00 PM

Keith Ballard's undisclosed injury is related to his upper body.

The good news is that it's not related to the concussion that he returned from on Friday. This also isn't expected to be a "long-term" problem, but Ballard will miss at least two games.
Wed, Nov 6, 2013 05:05:00 PM

Keith Ballard isn't expected to join the Minnesota Wild for their upcoming two-game road trip.

It's not clear what Ballard is dealing with, but he's only played in three contests since returning from a concussion. Ballard has four assists and nine penalty minutes in nine games this season.
Wed, Nov 6, 2013 04:24:00 PM

Keith Ballard (concussion) is ready to return to the Minnesota Wild's lineup.

Ballard was sidelined for seven contests because of the head injury. He is projected to skate alongside Clayton Stoner during Friday's contest.
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 04:20:00 PM

Keith Ballard (concussion) will probably play on Friday.

Ballard has missed seven straight games. He has an assist and seven penalty minutes in six contests this season.
Wed, Oct 30, 2013 02:39:00 PM

Keith Ballard skated with his Wild teammates Friday.

He is still recovering from a concussion and whiplash and will miss Minnesota's next two games. Ballard is listed as doubtful for Friday's game as well, although that could change.
Sat, Oct 26, 2013 01:40:00 PM

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D1Ryan Suter
2Jonas Brodin
3Jared Spurgeon
4Marco Scandella
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