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Kuemper to start in goal for Wild

by Staff

Darcy Kuemper will start in goal for the Minnesota Wild against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

It will be the second start and third game for Kuemper, who is 0-1-0 with a 6.10 goals-against average and .625 save percentage. His other start came Oct. 15 when he allowed three goals on seven shots against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Kuemper has been solid with the Iowa Wild, Minnesota's American Hockey League team, going 7-10-0 with a 2.47 GAA and .929 save percentage in 17 games.

Niklas Backstrom will serve as the backup Tuesday. According to the (Minneapolis) Star-Tribune, Backstrom has stiffness in his abdominal region and spent extra time in practice working with the coaching staff.

The Wild also Tuesday sent defenseman Matt Dumba to his junior team, the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. Dumba had one goal and one assist in 13 games, but last played for the Wild on Nov. 23. He recently finished a stint with Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship. Dumba was slowed most of the tournament by the flu and finished with one assist, 15 shots on goal, a plus-4 rating and 12 penalty minutes in seven games.

Prior to leaving for the World Juniors, Dumba's WHL rights were traded by the Red Deer Rebels to Portland.

Here is what the lineups for the Wild and Kings could look like Tuesday:


Dany Heatley - Charlie Coyle - Jason Pominville

Nino Niederreiter - Mikael Granlund - Jason Zucker

Matt Cooke - Erik Haula - Justin Fontaine

Stephane Veilleux - Kyle Brodziak - Torrey Mitchell

Ryan Suter - Jonas Brodin

Marco Scandella - Nate Prosser

Clayton Stoner - Keith Ballard

Darcy Kuemper

Niklas Backstrom

Scratched: Mike Rupp, Jonathon Blum

Injured: Zach Parise (foot), Mikko Koivu (ankle), Josh Harding (illness); Jared Spurgeon (lower body)


Dwight King - Anze Kopitar - Jeff Carter

Dustin Brown - Jarret Stoll - Justin Williams

Matt Frattin - Mike Richards - Tyler Toffoli

Kyle Clifford - Trevor Lewis - Jordan Nolan

Jake Muzzin - Drew Doughty

Willie Mitchell - Slava Voynov

Robyn Regehr - Alec Martinez

Jonathan Quick

Ben Scrivens

Scratched: Tanner Pearson, Colin Fraser, Matt Greene

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