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Niklas Backstrom | Goalie

Team: Minnesota Wild
Age / DOB:  (37) / 2/13/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 194
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There's a good chance that the Minnesota Wild will look to buyout goaltender Niklas Backstrom this off-season.
The Wild are strapped for cash because they have handed several big contracts to some veterans like Thomas Vanek, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter but they will surely look to sign Devan Dubnyk to a contract extension. To do so, they will have to create as much cap space as possible. The veteran had a great career with the Wild, but he mostly served as the team's third goaltender after the acquisition of Dubnyk. May 10 - 9:39 AM

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Niklas Backstrom will serve as Minnesota's backup in Thursday night's playoff opener versus St. Louis.

Devan Dubnyk will of course be in goal for the Wild and Darcy Kuemper is slated to join the team in St. Louis as he is feeling better from an illness.
Apr 16 - 1:33 PM

Niklas Backstrom, Jordan Schroeder, Folin will be scratched against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.

Unfortunately, there simply isn't much fantasy value to speak of here. Backstrom has been utterly ineffective in net with 51 goals against in 19 games. And neither Schroeder nor Folin have made insignificant contributions.
Source: Lou Korac
Mar 14 - 7:21 PM

Niklas Backstrom will be scratched against the Carolina Hurricanes, as Darcy Kuemper suits up to backup starter Devan Dubnyk.

Coach Yeo continues to rotate Backstrom and Kuemper as Dubnyk controls the net. Neither backup netminder owns much fantasy so long as Dubnyk doesn't slow down. And even then, Kuemper's value rises marginally.
Mar 6 - 6:21 PM

Goalie Niklas Backstrom and rookie Michael Keranen will be scratched against the Dallas Stars on Sunday.

Coach Yeo has been rotating backup duties while Devan Dubnyk commands the crease. Backstrom is 5-7-3 through 14 starts and 19 games this season with 51 goals on just 452 shots this season. Keranen has yet to play in the NHL.
Feb 22 - 7:58 PM

Niklas Backstrom will not dress against Carolina Saturday night.

It seems he will continue to be the odd man out as the backup to starter Devan Dubnyk. Darcy Kuemper will continue to dress as Dubynk's understudy. If you have not dumped Backstrom long ago, what are you waiting for?
Feb 14 - 1:46 PM

Niklas Backstrom has been patiently waiting for his turn to play.

Backstrom hasn't played in a game since he allowed six goals against Pittsburgh on January 13th. Both Backstrom and Darcy Kuemper have struggled throughout the season, so the Wild made a move to acquire Devan Dubnyk from Arizona. The move has paid big dividends for the Wild, who have won five in a row.
Feb 8 - 11:26 AM

Niklas Backstrom will be a healthy scratch during Tuesday night's tilt with the Red Wings as the Wild activate Darcy Kuemper from the injury reserve.

It's been a poor season for veteran netminder from Helsinki, Finland. He owns a 5-7-3 record, with a 3.05 GAA and a .887 save percentage. Until he proves he can play better, he's probably not worth considering even as a spot-starter this season.
Jan 20 - 7:22 PM

Niklas Backstrom was the main victim in the Penguins 7-2 victory over Minnesota Tuesday night.

The veteran goaltender was beaten for six goals on 35 shots before he was mercifully lifted in favor of John Curry with under 10 minutes to play in the contest. Playing behind a struggling supporting cast has been difficult for Backstrom, as proven by his 5-7-3 record, his 3.05 GAA and his .887 save percentage.
Jan 13 - 11:37 PM

Niklas Backstrom will get the start against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday evening.

Minnesota's season appears to be slipping away as they come into the contest eight points back of San Jose for the second Wild Card slot with Dallas, Colorado, and Calgary in between. And it's difficult see Backstrom as the man who will help right the ship as he's surrendered 45 goals through 10 starts and 18 games so far this season. Likewise, he's allowed 14 goals in five career starts against Pittsburgh.
Jan 13 - 4:52 PM

Niklas Backstrom allowed four goals on 35 shots in Minnesota's 4-1 loss to Chicago.

Backstrom has lost six consecutive decisions. Overall, the Wild have lost five games in a row and 11 of their last 13 games. The 36-year-old has a 5-6-3 record with a 2.83 goals-against-average and a .892 save percentage. Head coach Mike Yeo's meltdown at practice earlier this week hasn't paid dividends at all. Things are falling apart quickly in Minnesota. Changes could be coming sooner than later if they don't get things turned around soon.
Jan 11 - 10:50 PM

Niklas Backstrom will get the start in Sunday's game against Chicago.

Backstrom is winless in his last five starts (0-3-2). The 36-year-old has a 5-5-3 record with a 2.75 goals-against-average and a .893 save percentage. The Wild have lost four consecutive games. Backstrom isn't a good play in standard fantasy leagues.
Jan 11 - 5:54 PM

Niklas Backstrom isn't making a strong argument that he's the solution to the Minnesota Wild's goaltending problems.

He gave up three goals on 27 shots as the Nashville Predators beat the Wild 3-1 on Saturday. Backstrom hasn't won since Dec. 13 and is now 5-5-3 with an absymal .893 save percentage in 2014-15.
Jan 10 - 5:23 PM

Niklas Backstrom will start in goal against the Predators Saturday afternoon.

With Darcy Kuemper injured, Backstrom will get the call. He has not been all that impressive so we can't really recommend him against a very good Nashville team.
Jan 10 - 1:19 PM

Niklas Backstrom made just 16 saves on 19 shots in a 4-2 loss to Chicago on Thursday night.

The 36-year-old sees his record drop to 5-4-3 this season with an abysmal .893 save percentage and 2.93 goals against average. Backstrom is winless in his past five outings, owning a 0-2-2 record in that span with a no-decision.
Jan 9 - 12:09 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Mikko Koivu
2Mikael Granlund
3Charlie Coyle
4Kyle Brodziak
5Jordan Schroeder
LW1Zach Parise
2Sean Bergenheim
3Erik Haula
4Justin Fontaine
5Jason Zucker
6Matt Cooke
RW1Jason Pominville
2Thomas Vanek
3Chris Stewart
4Nino Niederreiter
5Ryan Carter
D1Ryan Suter
2Jonas Brodin
3Jared Spurgeon
4Marco Scandella
5Keith Ballard
6Matt Dumba
7Jordan Leopold
8Christian Folin
9Nate Prosser
G1Devan Dubnyk
2Darcy Kuemper
3Niklas Backstrom