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Niklas Backstrom | Goalie

Team: Minnesota Wild
Age / DOB:  (36) / 2/13/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 194
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Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom stopped 22 shots before he and the Wild dropped a 3-2 decision to the visiting Boston Bruins in overtime Wednesday night.
Backstrom is now 5-3-2 on the season. His goals-against average is 2.48 and his save percentage, .901. While he didn't have a bad game Wednesday, Backstrom's best days seem to be behind him. He's the No. 2 goalie in Minnesota, behind Darcy Kuemper (stomach illness) and we don't suggest you use him on your fantasy team unless you're absolutely desperate for a goalie. Dec 17 - 11:09 PM

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As expected, Niklas Backstrom will get the call on Wednesday against Boston.

John Curry will serve as Minnesota's backup goalie because Darcy Kuemper is suffering from a stomach illness. Backstrom was in goal for Tuesday's 5-3 loss to Chicago, where he allowed four goals on 38 shots.
Dec 17 - 6:24 PM

Niklas Backstrom is projected to start Wednesday versus Boston.

He was a surprise starter on Tuesday because Darcy Kuemper had a stomach illness and he permitted four goals on 38 shots in a 5-3 loss to Chicago. Backstrom also wasn't feeling well during the contest, but coach Mike Yeo expects him to play Wednesday unless his condition takes a turn for the worse.
Dec 17 - 1:06 PM

Niklas Backstrom didn't submit the greatest of performances Tuesday as he allowed four goals on 38 shots in a 5-3 loss to the Blackhawks.

Backstrom has served as Minnesota's backup to starter Darcy Kuemper all season and has been acceptable in this role, but there is certainly no controversy brewing here. Backstrom's 5-3-1 record is accompanied by a 2.43 GAA and a .903 save percentage.
Dec 17 - 1:29 AM

Niklas Backstrom is expected to get the start in Chicago on Tuesday.

It was originally thought that Darcy Kuemper would get the nod, but it appears that Backstrom will go instead. Backstrom's been good this season, with 22 goals against in 11 games and eight starts. However he hasn't fared well against Chicago. In five games since 2013, he's allowed three goals or more three times.
Dec 16 - 8:23 PM

Niklas Backstrom allowed three goals on 30 shots in the Wild’s 4-3 shootout win against the Coyotes on Saturday night.

It looked like Backstrom was going to take a back seat to Darcy Kuemper this year, but he’s gotten a little more time as of late. He has a 2.26 goals-against average and .904 save percentage this season. It will be interesting to see who coach Mike Yeo turns to Tuesday against the Blackhawks.
Dec 13 - 11:20 PM

To confirm an earlier report, Niklas Backstrom will indeed start against the Coyotes on Saturday.

To reiterate, Backstrom has a strong 8-5-1 career record against the Coyotes with a .209 GAA and a .939 save percentage and seems worthy of the start.
Dec 13 - 6:13 PM

It looks like Niklas Backstrom could get the start against the Coyotes Saturday night.

Nothing is comfirmed as there was no formal skate this morning. Backstrom has a strong 8-5-1 career record against the Coyotes with a .209 GAA and a .939 save percentage and seems worthy of the start. Stay tuned for further updates.
Dec 13 - 1:17 PM

Niklas Backstrom may not have deserved it, but he earned a victory as a result of 5-4 decision over the Islanders.

Backstrom allowed four goals on just 19 shots in what was not an impressive performance, but his teammates bailed him out with four third-period markers. The Minnesota backup's record now stands at 4-2-1 while his GAA is 2.20 and his save percentage is .905.
Dec 10 - 12:39 AM

Niklas Backstrom will be in goal for Minnesota on Tuesday against the Islanders.

Darcy Kuemper has battled some consistency issues of late and the Wild would like Backstrom to create some healthy competition in the team's crease. Backstrom owns a 3-2-1 record with a .917 save percentage and a 1.97 GAA this campaign.
Dec 8 - 6:08 PM

Niklas Backstrom says he feels completely healthy so far this season.

Backstrom has had multiple surgeries in the last 18 months but says he feels good now. "For sure there's still a lot of work ahead," Backstrom said. "But even comparing it to training camp, there's a really big difference. Everything has been going well and going in the right direction." The 36-year-old is 3-2-1 with a 1.97 goals-against-average and a .917 save percentage this season as Minnesota's backup goaltender. "It's a lot of work," Backstrom said of the rehab. "But when you miss a lot of hockey, you realize how much you love it and how much you miss just being with the guys. So if it's going to give me a chance to be here, I'm willing to do whatever it takes."
Dec 7 - 10:06 AM

Niklas Backstrom made 24 saves in the Wild’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Blues on Saturday night.

Backstrom yielded a goal in the second and one in the third period. He gave up the lone goal in the shootout, to Vladimir Tarasenko. The netminder’s job has been minimized this season with the emergence of Darcy Kuemper. He has a 2.01 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.
Nov 29 - 11:19 PM

Niklas Backstrom will get the nod for the Wild Saturday when they face the St. Louis Blues.

Minnesota coach Mike Yeo says that Backstrom will be in net since Darcy Keumper was between the pipes on Friday, so this should come as no surprise. Backstrom will appear in hist eighth game of the year for the Wild where he will look to improve on his 3-2 record and 2.04 goal-against-average.
Nov 29 - 7:32 PM

There is a good chance that Niklas Backstrom will get the start against St. Louis Saturday night.

Darcy Keumper was in goal Friday night for the Wilds' 5-4 overtime win over Dallas and might need a night off after struggling in two starts this week.
Nov 29 - 1:10 PM

Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom was hot Monday night, making 29 saves in the Wild's 4-1 triumph over the Panthers in Florida.

His performance against Florida should perhaps not have come as a surprise as he is 6-0-1 against the Panthers. He also is 4-0 in Florida. His performance Monday was a relief for him as he turned in a clunker in his last game, a 4-3 overtime win in Winnipeg on Nov. 16. He was pulled in that one. On the season, Backstrom is now 3-2-0 and has a goals-against average of 2.28. His save percentage is .906. He isn't a good fantasy option, despite his history of success against the Panthers.
Nov 24 - 11:22 PM

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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
6Justin Falk
7Nate Prosser
8Stu Bickel
9Christian Folin
G1Darcy Kuemper
2Niklas Backstrom