|Fantasy Points by Week. Note: Points are rounded down.|
|03/11/2014||Niklas Backstrom, G MIN|
Kris Letang, D PIT
|Darcy Kuemper, G MIN|
Jason Demers, D SJ
|03/09/2014||Nikolai Kulemin, LW TOR|
Thomas Vanek, LW MON
Antti Niemi, G SJ
P.K. Subban, D MON
|Niklas Backstrom, G MIN|
Marc-Edouard Vlasic, D SJ
Alex Killorn, C TB
Semyon Varlamov, G COL
|03/09/2014||Lee Stempniak, RW PIT|
Milan Michalek, LW OTT
Mark Giordano, D CGY
|Radim Vrbata, RW PHO|
Niklas Backstrom, G MIN
John Scott, LW BUF
|Last 10 Games|
|Wild's Backstrom Begins Skating |
|(3/12/14) Niklas Backstrom (abdominal soreness) was on the ice in pads Tuesday. "I know that he's still not feeling great, so he's going out there and keeping sharp just in case he can come back," head coach Mike Yeo told the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.|
|Wild's Backstrom Likely Out For Season |
|(3/4/14) GM Chuck Fletcher said Niklas Backstrom (abdominal soreness) will require surgery and is likely out for the season, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.|
|Wild's Backstrom Looks To Be Feeling Better |
|(3/2/14) After third-stringer John Curry was returned to AHL Iowa on Saturday, the assumption is that Niklas Backstrom is sufficiently recovered from his abdominal soreness, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.|
|Wild's Backstrom Returns To Practice |
|(2/27/14) Niklas Backstrom (abdominal soreness) practiced Wednesday and could start either Thursday or Friday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.|
|Wild Rest Backstrom Tuesday |
|(2/26/14) Niklas Backstrom (abdomen), who was dealing with some soreness Tuesday morning, was given a maintenance day by the Wild, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.|
Wild's Backstrom Begins Skating
Backstrom (abdominal soreness) was on the ice in pads Tuesday. "I know that he's still not feeling great, so he's going out there and keeping sharp just in case he can come back," head coach Mike Yeo told the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.It was thought Backstrom would have season-ending surgery, but it looks like that's been held off for now. Still, it's unlikely he'll return in any meaningful role this season.
Kunitz (two goals), Crosby lead Penguins past Capitals
Sidney Crosby had a hand in both early goals and Pittsburgh converted on two of its first three shots Monday night, Chris Kunitz scored twice, and the Penguins beat Alex Ovechkin's struggling Washington Capitals 3-2.
Week 24 schedule analysis
Get your Week 24 Fantasy Hockey lineup in shape with Brian Rutherford and his breakdown of the NHL schedule.
Capitals score three times in third to defeat Coyotes
Troy Brouwer scored a power-play goal off a rebound to cap a rally from a two-goal deficit in the third period as the Washington Capitals beat the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 on Saturday night.
Wild's Backstrom Likely Out For Season
GM Chuck Fletcher said Backstrom (abdominal soreness) will require surgery and is likely out for the season, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
|Niklas Backstrom led the NHL in wins with 24 as he started 41 of 48 games and had a solid 2.48 GAA. However, he tired down the stretch as he played more than the team would have liked with backup Josh Harding struggling with multiple sclerosis and then missed the playoffs with a sports hernia that required offseason surgery. The free agent returned to the Wild with a three-year, $10.25 million contract this summer. At age 35, there's some risk he will continue to break down, but the Wild do have options in the minors with prospects Darcy Kuemper and Johan Gustafsson. Still, he's shown no signs of diminished skills and should continue to produce at a high level with a slightly lower workload as the Wild tries to keep him fresh. (Updated 8/12/13) |