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Wild's Kuemper Didn't Travel To Chicago, Bryzgalov To Start

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Minnesota?s goaltending saga continued on Friday, as head coach Mike Yeo said that Darcy Kuemper ? who started the Wild?s Game 7 win over Colorado ? didn?t travel with the team to Chicago due to an upper-body injury, and that Josh Harding, who took today?s morning skate, is an ?extreme long-shot? to play in this series.

That means ? barring a brazen decision to put 30-year-old journeyman John Curry in goal ? Ilya Bryzgalov is your Game 1 starter tonight at the United Center.

The Kuemper development isn?t a huge surprise. He was hooked from Wednesday?s 5-4 OT win against the Avs with less than nine minutes remaining in regulation, after appearing to have re-aggravated his concussion issues (maybe not the right terminology there, but I digress) on a collision with Matt Duchene.

For more on this story visit: Mike Halford, NBC Sports



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