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Niklas Backstrom | Goalie

Team: Minnesota Wild
Age / DOB:  (36) / 2/13/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 194
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Niklas Backstrom stopped 14 of 16 shots he faced in Minnesota's 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.
Backstrom started his first game since January and didn't really look out of place. He wasn't very busy today, as Minnesota dominated 41-16 in shots. The 36-year-old was beat in the first period by Tyler Toffoli, and in the third period by Tanner Pearson. Backstrom is an aging goaltender who isn't a good bet to stay healthy. The emergency of Darcy Kuemper also doesn't help Backstrom's cause. Oct 19 - 6:10 PM

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Niklas Backstrom will get his first start of the season on Sunday against the Kings.

Backstrom is now the backup in Minnesota as Darcy Kuemper is the top gun. The 36-year-old Backstrom is still a good netminder but he gets hurt too often to be considered a fantasy asset at this stage of his career. He struggled last season with injuries as his 5-11-2 record and 3.02 GAA with a .899 save percentage attests to.
Oct 19 - 6:50 AM

Niklas Backstrom is scheduled to play the entire game Saturday night against Winnipeg.

This will be a good test for the oft-injured Backstrom. We will all be watching to see how he comes out of this contest and whether his core-strengthening efforts this offseason will finally lead to an end to his abdomen/hip issues. If Backstrom is healthy, he will likely play well enough to grab the lion's share of starts in the Wild net this season.
Sep 27 - 12:54 PM

Niklas Backstrom spent his offseason in Finland strengthening his core muscles and increasing his flexibility so as to avoid the abdominal injuries that have plagued him the last two seasons.

It seems to have had a positive effect as Backstrom looked healthy Friday and poised to get his career back on track. "I feel pretty good,’" said Backstrom. "Probably the next couple of days, I’ll find out more about how I feel and how the body will react.’’ If he can truly stay healthy, we like Backstrom's chances of regaining Minnesota's starting goalie position.
Sep 20 - 1:50 PM

Niklas Backstrom feels healthy heading into training camp and he wants to recapture his past form.

"Backy's kind of been the forgotten soldier right now," coach Mike Yeo said Monday. "Nobody even talks about him. He's won a lot of hockey games for us, there's been many games where I know he stole games for us. He's a guy who can come in and do that again this year. I think he'll be motivated." If he can put his injury woes behind him then Backstrom could be a sneaky pick late in drafts as a depth goalie option.
Sep 17 - 12:40 PM

Niklas Backstrom is projected to be fine when training camp begins.

Backstrom and Josh Harding spent extended time in the infirmary last season, but they are expected to be ready to go. "Now's the time of the year, with about a month to go, you want to reach out and make sure there's no issues you don't know about so if there is something you have time to help the process," GM Chuck Fletcher said. "With Josh and Nik, you're just trying to reach out and see how they're doing. They're both doing really well." Backstrom isn't a stranger to injuries, but he'll be trying to bounce back in 2014-15.
Aug 15 - 5:59 PM

Niklas Backstrom (abdomen) should be able to start practicing with pads on in July.

Backstrom has been plagued by a variety of lower and mid-body injuries in recent years. He wasn't able to participate in either of the Wild's last two playoff runs as a result.
Jun 6 - 2:04 PM

The goalie situation in Minnesota will take a little while to sort out and much will depend on doctors' reports and the salary cap.

Niklas Backstrom, who had two recent surgeries (one to repair his core abdominal muscle and one to repair a hip), is under contract for two more years, and can't be released as he is an injured player. Josh Harding still has some obstacles to deal with as a result of his multiple sclerosis before he can be counted, Darcy Kuemper is a restricted free agent and Ilya Bryzgalov is a UFA. Minnesota GM Chuck Fletcher acknowledged that he didn't have a plan for the team's goaltending spots as too many balls are in the air. He did say the team may have to carry three netminders in 2014-15, though. Stay tuned for updates on this situation.

Niklas Backstrom had core muscle surgery on Tuesday.

Backstrom won't return before the end of the season, but he should be ready for the start of 2014-15. He had a 3.02 GAA and .899 save percentage in 21 games this season.
Mar 26 - 6:53 PM

Niklas Backstrom has been shut down for the rest of the season because of an abdominal injury.

He has been dealing with the issue all year after he had off-season sports hernia surgery and he probably needs another procedure. "Our goal for Nik is to get him healthy for next year," said GM Chuck Fletcher. "Needless to say, he's disappointed." The Wild acquired Ilya Brygalov from Edmonton on Tuesday to serve as their backup in Backstrom's place.
Mar 5 - 10:26 AM

Although the Wild called up John Curry, Niklas Backstrom (abdomen) might play on Thursday.

Backstrom had an encouraging practice, but his availability for the upcoming contest is still unclear. He has a 3.02 GAA and .899 save percentage in 21 games this season.
Feb 26 - 6:47 PM

Niklas Backstrom will be dealing with abdominal issues for the remainder of the 2013-14 campaign.

That doesn't necessarily mean that Backstrom is done for the season. He missed Tuesday's practice, but the hope is that he'll be back on the ice Wednesday. Keep your expectations low for Backstrom going forward.
Feb 25 - 6:17 PM

Niklas Backstrom saw an abdominal specialist over the break.

The same specialist repaired his sports hernia last spring in Philadelphia. Backstrom knows what his issue is, but he is going to leave it up to the Wild to announce it if they choose to. He hopes the issue won't linger any longer and that his new treatment protocols and off-ice workouts will help.
Feb 20 - 1:13 PM

Niklas Backstrom won't dress Thursday because of abdominal soreness.

He dealt with the issue throughout January and is considered day-to-day. Backstrom will use the Olympic break to rest up.
Feb 6 - 6:11 PM

Niklas Backstrom turned aside eight of nine shots in Minnesota's 5-4 loss to Colorado Thursday night.

Backstrom replaced Darcy Kuemper in the second period after Kuemper allowed four goals on 23 shots. Backstrom saw his record fall down to 5-11-2. The Wild will play their next game on Saturday against Calgary so it will be interesting to see which goalie will start for the Wild.
Jan 31 - 3:46 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Mikko Koivu
2Mikael Granlund
3Erik Haula
4Kyle Brodziak
5Ryan Carter
LW1Zach Parise
2Justin Fontaine
3Matt Cooke
4Jason Zucker
RW1Thomas Vanek
2Jason Pominville
3Charlie Coyle
4Nino Niederreiter
D1Ryan Suter
2Jonas Brodin
3Jared Spurgeon
4Marco Scandella
5Keith Ballard
6Mathew Dumba
7Nate Prosser
8Christian Folin
G1Darcy Kuemper
2Niklas Backstrom
3Josh Harding