Backstrom, Ballard practice but not expected to play for Wild in Winnipeg

  • Article by: rACHEL bLOUNT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 23, 2013 - 12:33 AM

WINNIPEG – Neither Niklas Backstrom nor Keith Ballard cared to waste any energy on frustration or self-pity. Backstrom, the Wild goalie, was inching his way through the uncertain aftermath of a concussion after taking a nasty hit earlier this month. Ballard, who has been sidelined for all but nine games this season, was eager to recover from an upper-body injury and resume his place among the Wild’s defensive corps.

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