Mar 22, 2014; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper (35) makes a save in the first period against the Detroit Red Wings at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Playoffs 2014: Kuemper to start for Wild


When the Minnesota Wild take the ice for game three of their best-of-seven series against the Colorado Avalanche, they will be lead to the ice by a different man between the pipes.

After Ilya Bryzgalov was pulled in Saturday night’s 4-2 loss to the Avalanche, head coach Mike Yeo has decided that Darcy Keumper will get the start for the Wild in Minnesota on Monday night. In his relief appearance in Saturday’s game two, Kuemper stopped all 14 shots he faced.

Yeo also announced Monday morning that Dan Heatley will make his series debut, replacing Kyle Brodziak in the lineup. Brodziak will be a healthy scratch after a pair of rough outings to start the NHL playoffs. The Wild enter their home playoff opener down 2-0 in a series that saw them nearly take the opening game in Denver.

It may be cliche to call tonight’s game a must win, but, well, it’s a must win for the Wild.

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