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32 Niklas Backstrom G
Height/Weight: 6-2/194 | Birthdate: 2/13/1978 | Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland | Team: Minnesota Wild | College: None | NHL Experience: 8 | Salary: $6,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 26/5 | Average Draft Position: 94.28
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6/6/2014

Niklas Backstrom, G, MIN

Niklas Backstrom

Wild's Backstrom Feeling Better

News: Niklas Backstrom (abdomen) is expected to be back in pads in July.
Analysis: The goaltender played just 21 games in 2013-14, amassing a disappointing record of 5-11-2. It was clear that he wasn't fully healthy all year, so it's encouraging to hear that Niklas Backstrom is finally starting to feel better. He'll likely have to compete with Darcy Kuemper for the starting job next season, since Kuemper played so well in his absence.

3/26/2014

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Niklas Backstrom

Wild Officially Rule Backstrom Out For Season

News: Niklas Backstrom (abdomen) underwent a third procedure Tuesday and will officially be ruled out from returning this season, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: The Wild essentially gave up on the idea of Niklas Backstrom possibly returning when they acquired Ilya Bryzgalov at the trade deadline, and this news only ends closure to that matter. Backstrom never seemed to be healthy this season, and it reflected in his play, as he posted an ugly 3.02 GAA and .899 save percentage over 21 appearances. Backstrom has enjoyed a nice run as the Wild's primary netminder for since the 2006-07 campaign, but look for the team to go in a different direction next season.

3/12/2014

Niklas Backstrom, G, MIN

Niklas Backstrom

Wild's Backstrom Begins Skating

News: 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.
Analysis: It was thought Niklas 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.

3/4/2014

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Niklas Backstrom

Wild's Backstrom Likely Out For Season

News: 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.
Analysis: Niklas Backstrom was expected to play through the rest of the season at less than 100 percent health, but Tuesday's acquisition of Ilya Bryzgalov lessened the team's need to have the goalie play through injury. The 36-year-old has seen his season foiled by both injury and the emergence of Josh Harding and Darcy Kuemper, and the team appears content to move on with either of those options as their starting goalie in the seasons to come.

3/2/2014

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Niklas Backstrom

Wild's Backstrom Looks To Be Feeling Better

News: 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.
Analysis: Niklas Backstrom will probably never be 100 percent healthy until the offseason, but for now, it seems as though his pain has dissipated to a degree. He's been a spectator for both of the Wild's first two games out of the break and may not make his next start until the Wild play their next back-to-back.

2/27/2014

Niklas Backstrom, G, MIN

Niklas Backstrom

Wild's Backstrom Returns To Practice

News: Niklas Backstrom (abdominal soreness) practiced Wednesday and could start either Thursday or Friday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: It sounds like head coach Mike Yeo wants Niklas Backstrom to start one of two back-to-back games, but he'll need to show he's healthy in Thursday's pregame skate.

2/26/2014

Niklas Backstrom, G, MIN

Niklas Backstrom

Wild Rest Backstrom Tuesday

News: 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.
Analysis: After resting Niklas Backstrom -- who continues to deal with abdominal issues -- on Tuesday, coach Mike Yeo indicated that he's hoping the goalie can practice Wednesday, then start either Thursday's game against the Oilers or Friday's contest in Vancouver.

2/21/2014

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Niklas Backstrom

Wild's Backstrom Gets Checked Out Over Break

News: Over the Olympic break, Niklas Backstrom visited the abdominal specialist who repaired his sports hernia this past spring, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.
Analysis: While Niklas Backstrom didn't provide much detail with regard to the visit, he did indicate that he has been given new treatment instructions and off-ice workouts in the hopes of helping manage the soreness that he has dealt with this season.

2/20/2014

Niklas Backstrom, G, MIN

Niklas Backstrom

Wild's Backstrom At Practice Wednesday

News: Niklas Backstrom (general soreness) was present for Wednesday's practice, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: Niklas Backstrom has battled persistent injuries and soreness throughout the season and probably benefited from the lengthy Olympic break as much as anyone on the Wild roster. He could receive some maintenance days here and there to further aid his recovery, but it's generally expected that he'll be on hand to back up Darcy Kuemper for the Wild's first game out of the break.

2/6/2014

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Niklas Backstrom

Wild's Backstrom Out Thursday

News: Niklas Backstrom will not play Thursday due to general soreness. Johan Gustafsson has been recalled from AHL Iowa to back up Darcy Kuemper.
Analysis: Niklas Backstrom has been dealing with a lower-body injury the past month, so hopefully this isn't a significant setback. After Thursday's contest, he'll have the entire Olympic break to rest up and recover.

1/27/2014

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Niklas Backstrom

Wild's Backstrom Feeling Healthier

News: Niklas Backstrom (lower body) has been able to serve as the backup goalie the past two games.
Analysis: Niklas Backstrom didn't see any action in either contest, but it looks like he'll be ready to go if needed in any future games. The Wild have settled on Darcy Kuemper as their primary goalie while Josh Harding (illness) remains on injured reserve, leaving few starts available for Backstrom.

1/22/2014

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Niklas Backstrom

Wild's Backstrom Back At Practice

News: Niklas Backstrom (lower body) returned to practice Wednesday, Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: Considering that Jonas Gustafsson was sent back to AHL Iowa on Wednesday, it would appear that Niklas Backstrom is healthy enough to return. Backstrom has a 5-10-2 record this season, with a .899 save percentage and a 3.02 GAA.

1/20/2014

Niklas Backstrom, G, MIN

Niklas Backstrom

Wild's Backstrom Out Next Few Days

News: Niklas Backstrom received an injection for a lower-body injury over the weekend and will be out for the next few days, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: Coach Mike Yeo didn't offer a firm timetable for the goalie's return, but did say there's a chance Niklas Backstrom could be ready to serve as a backup for Thursday's game against the Blackhawks. Johan Gustafsson was recalled from Iowa and will serve as the No. 2 goalie while Backstrom is sidelined. Injuries have been an occasional roadblock for Backstrom this season, but his own ineffectiveness has been the bigger issue. He was firmly locked into a backup role before Josh Harding landed on injured reserve with an illness, and has since been passed on the depth chart by AHL call-up Darcy Kuemper, who has made the last four starts for the Wild.

1/11/2014

Niklas Backstrom, G, MIN

Niklas Backstrom

Wild's Backstrom Starting Saturday

News: Niklas Backstrom will will start Saturday's game against the Avalanche.
Analysis: Niklas Backstrom stopped 39-of-40 shots in his last outing and is currently riding a three-game winning streak. He's having a rough season but finally seems to be turning things around. With Josh Harding (illness) reportedly making progress, Backstrom may be headed back to the No. 2 goaltender role soon.

1/11/2014

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Niklas Backstrom

Wild's Backstrom Likely To Start Saturday

News: Niklas Backstrom is likely to start Saturday against Colorado, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Niklas Backstrom looked set to possibly fall behind Darcy Kuemper on the depth chart after a slump, but with a three-game wining streak, including stopping 39-of-40 shots in Thursday's win over Phoenix, he now looks like the primary goalie while Josh Harding is on IR.

1/10/2014

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Niklas Backstrom

Wild's Backstrom Saves 39, Wins In Return

News: Niklas Backstrom stopped 39 of 40 shots in Thursday's win over Phoenix.
Analysis: He'd sat out Tuesday due to abdominal soreness, but looked just fine in his return to the ice. Niklas Backstrom's now won three straight in the absence of Josh Harding (illness).

1/9/2014

Niklas Backstrom, G, MIN

Niklas Backstrom

Wild's Backstrom Returns To Net Thursday

News: Niklas Backstrom (abdominal soreness) will be between the pipes Thursday against the Coyotes.
Analysis: Although it looked as of Wednesday that Darcy Kuemper would get another start following his impressive victory Tuesday over the Kings, Niklas Backstrom will instead receive the nod after looking sharp during Thursday's morning skate. Assuming the abdominal soreness is a thing of the past, Backstrom will now be expected to handle the bulk of the starting duties for the Wild until Josh Harding (illness) returns to full health.

1/8/2014

Niklas Backstrom, G, MIN

Niklas Backstrom

Wild's Backstrom Dealing With Abdominal Soreness

News: Niklas Backstrom (abdominal soreness) will not start Tuesday vs. the Kings, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: The ab issue prevented Niklas Backstrom from practicing Monday and required a cortisone shot to ease the pain. On a positive note, the goalie isn't expected to miss multiple games, and didn't appear to be overly limited while working out after his teammates left the ice during Tuesday's morning skate.

1/6/2014

Niklas Backstrom, G, MIN

Niklas Backstrom

Wilds' Backstrom Takes Monday Practice Off

News: Niklas Backstrom did not practice Monday due to what was described as a "maintenance day," the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: The 35-year-old Niklas Backstrom is getting what appears to be a regular day of rest, so it appears that this is nothing overly serious. If the Wild decide to rest the veteran for Tuesday's matchup against the Kings, Darcy Kuemper would be next in line to protect the net.

1/4/2014

Niklas Backstrom, G, MIN

Niklas Backstrom

Wild's Backstrom: 27-Save Win

News: Niklas Backstrom made 27 saves in a 5-3 win over Washington on Saturday night.
Analysis: Josh Harding isn't feeling well, so that means Niklas Backstrom will get the bulk of the action until he returns. Take advantage -- this might be the opportunity he needs to right his sagging career.

1/3/2014

Niklas Backstrom, G, MIN

Niklas Backstrom

Wild To Start Backstrom On Saturday

News: Niklas Backstrom will start Saturday's game against the Caps, according to coach Mike Yeo.
Analysis: With Josh Harding day-to-day, Niklas Backstrom will get the starting nod Saturday against a Washington squad that has dropped three straight contests.

1/2/2014

Niklas Backstrom, G, MIN

Niklas Backstrom

Backstrom Delivers Win For Wild

News: Niklas Backstrom stopped 19 of 20 shots, carrying a shutout deep into the third period, in Thursday's 4-1 win over Buffalo.
Analysis: The Finnish netminder was headed for his first shutout since April 7, 2013, before Buffalo's Matt Ellis broke it up. Niklas Backstrom just made this start because Josh Harding came down with the flu, so expect him to retake his spot on the bench soon.

1/2/2014

Niklas Backstrom, G, MIN

Niklas Backstrom

Wild's Backstrom To Start Thursday

News: Niklas Backstrom will start in goal Thursday against the Sabres, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: The Wild will turn back to Niklas Backstrom in hopes of snapping their six-game losing streak, with Josh Harding out thanks to the flu. Darcy Kuemper was recalled on an emergency basis for Thursday's tilt.

12/28/2013

Niklas Backstrom, G, MIN Wild Confirm Backstrom As Starter

Niklas Backstrom

Wild Confirm Backstrom As Starter

News: Niklas Backstrom has been confirmed as the starter for Friday's game against the Jets, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: It's the fourth straight start for Niklas Backstrom, who looks to be headed to a backup role following Friday's game with Josh Harding (illness) likely to be activated Sunday. Interestingly enough, Backstrom's last win came November against the Jets, as he's dropped seven consecutive contests since that time.

12/27/2013

Niklas Backstrom, G, MIN Wild's Backstrom Struggles Again

Niklas Backstrom

Wild's Backstrom Struggles Again

News: Niklas Backstrom gave up five goals on 31 shots to take the loss Friday against Winnipeg. He's given up three or more goals in four consecutive games.
Analysis: Niklas Backstrom continues to struggle and this could be his last start for a while as Josh Harding was activated from injured reserve before Friday's game, but was a healthy scratch. It's not clear when Harding will make his next start, but the Wild will clearly want to make a change at goal to try to pull out of a four-game losing streak.