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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 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

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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

Niklas Backstrom will serve as Darcy Kuemper's backup on Thursday night.

He has been dealing with a nagging lower-body injury and he hasn't played since Jan. 11. Minnesota returned Johan Gustafsson to the minors on Wednesday.
Jan 23 - 5:42 PM

Niklas Backstrom is projected to stay off the ice for a few days because of "a nagging lower-body injury."

He didn't skate Monday and was busy receiving another cortisone injection for the ailment. Backstrom admitted he played the final month of the lockout-shortened season with a "tear in the core muscle" and he believes his current abdominal stiffness is related to that. Consider him day-to-day.
Jan 20 - 1:27 PM

Niklas Backstrom hasn't played since allowing three goals on 17 shots in last Saturday's loss to Colorado.

"You want to play every time, but it's up to the coaches and the training staff to see what's going on and make a decision," said Backstrom. "As a player, you try to be ready whenever you get a chance." Darcy Kuemper will make his third straight start on Thursday night.
Jan 16 - 4:13 PM

Niklas Backstrom had a night he'd like to forget after making only 14 saves in Minnesota's 4-2 loss to the Avalanche on Saturday night.

He gave up three goals on 17 shots, with the last goal coming via the empty net. Backstrom had put together three straight excellent starts -- all wins -- prior to this one. He has a 3.02 goals-against average and .899 save percentage this season.
Jan 11 - 11:17 PM

It will be Niklas Backstrom in goal when the Wild face the Avalanche Saturday night.

He was first off the ice in Saturday's practice. Backstrom is coming off a great 39-save 4-1 win over Phoenix Thursday night, He might be a good choice against a tired Colorado team that played and lost in overtime Friday night. Adjust your goaltending rotation accordingly.
Jan 11 - 1:19 PM

Niklas Backstrom turned aside 39 of 40 shots in Minnesota's 4-1 win over Phoenix Thursday evening.

Backstrom made at least 12 saves in each period for the win after sitting out the game in Los Angeles due to abdominal soreness. It was his third win in a row and he now has a 5-9-2 record with a 3.02 GAA and a .902 save percentage.
Jan 10 - 3:52 AM

Niklas Backstrom will start Thursday night after all.

It was thought that Darcy Kuemper could get the call again after he performed well in Tuesday's win over Los Angeles. Backstrom is well enough to play despite suffering from some abdominal soreness.
Jan 9 - 3:26 PM

Niklas Backstrom is dealing with abdominal stiffness.

Backstrom is still believed to be healthy enough to play, but he'll serve as the Wild's backup netminder on Tuesday. He has a 3.15 GAA and .896 save percentage in 18 games this season.
Jan 7 - 5:26 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Mikko Koivu
2Mikael Granlund
3Kyle Brodziak
4Erik Haula
5Jacob Dowell
LW1Zach Parise
2Matt Moulson
3Dany Heatley
4Matt Cooke
5Cody McCormick
6Michael Rupp
7Jason Zucker
RW1Jason Pominville
2Charlie Coyle
3Nino Niederreiter
4Justin Fontaine
5Stephane Veilleux
D1Ryan Suter
2Jonas Brodin
3Jared Spurgeon
4Marco Scandella
5Keith Ballard
6Nate Prosser
7Clayton Stoner
8Jonathon Blum
G1Darcy Kuemper
2Ilya Bryzgalov
3Niklas Backstrom
4John Curry
5Josh Harding