Ilya Bryzgalov reportedly is the likely starter in goal for the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 of his team's Western Conference Second Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday at United Center (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, RDS, TSN).

Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Thursday night that Bryzgalov is likely to start, with John Curry serving as his backup. Bryzgalov replaced Darcy Kuemper with 8:13 remaining in the third period of the Wild's 5-4 overtime victory in Game 7 against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday. Kuemper couldn't continue after sustaining an undisclosed injury.

Bryzgalov made one save in 13:15 of action before Nino Niederreiter's goal won the game at 5:02 of overtime.

Bryzgalov is 1-2 with a 4.25 goals-against average and .826 save percentage in three games. Kuemper is 3-1 with a 2.03 GAA and .913 save percentage. Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding, the goaltending tandem at the start of the season, are out with injuries. Curry made two appearances, including one start, during a late-season recall.

Wild coach Mike Yeo provided no update on Kuemper during a press conference Thursday evening in Chicago

"All four of these guys have done a great job at some point during the season for us," Yeo said. "But again, I think an awful lot of credit has to go to the guys and the way they play the game in front of them. So those guys have done the job but our team has played a game in front of them that has given them a chance to be successful too, and that game hasn't changed."

Yeo was also asked about the return of forward Matt Cooke, who was suspended for seven games by the NHL for injuring Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie with a knee-on-knee hit in Game 3 of their series. Cooke is eligible to return for Game 4 of the series against the Blackhawks on May 9 in St. Paul.