Ballard is expected to replace Nate Prosser on the Wild blueline in game 3.
Ballard has not played since March 17th, but judging by the morning skate, it looks like he will slide into the lineup for Prosser. Ballard had nine points (2G / 7A) and was a minus-7 in 45 games this season. Expect him to be paired with Clayton Stoner as the third pairing.
Ballard (upper-body) will return to the Wild lineup tonight.
Ballard missed the last nine games after suffering an upper-body injury on November 5 vs. Calgary. Ballard's return means that Mathew Dumba and Nate Prosser will sit. Ballard has four assists in nine games.
Keith Ballard says he will play forward tonight vs Ducks.
Ballard who missed Tuesday's game with a back injury will return to the lineup tonight but as a forward. He played forward earlier in the season when the Canucks did not have enough active forwards. He will replace Tom Sestito on the fourth line.