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Position
G
 
Jersey
32
Name  Niklas Backstrom
Born  2/13/1978
Height  6-2
Weight  197
Shoots  L
10/28/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Wild netminder Niklas Backstrom won his first game of the season as Minnesota came back to defeat Boston on Tuesday, 4-3.
Insight: Backstrom started in place of Darcy Kuemper after Kuemper yielded five goals in the third period on Monday. Backstrom allowed three goals through two periods versus the Bruins, but the Wild scored three in the third period and Backstrom held Boston scoreless.
 
3/26/2014 9:15:00 PM
Description: Wild netminder Niklas Backstrom underwent successful core surgery on Tuesday. SOURCE: Wild on Twitter
Insight: The team ruled him out for the season weeks ago so this doesn't change anything. Backstrom will finish the 2013-14 campaign with a 5-11-2 record in 21 appearances. His 3.02 GAA was the worst of his eight-year career.
 
3/5/2014 12:36:00 PM
Description: Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom is done for the season with an abdominal injury, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Backstrom had sports hernia surgery last offseason and had a terrible year, losing his job to Josh Harding while dealing with several injuries. With Harding out indefinitely due to multiple sclerosis, Darcy Kuemper (11-3-2, 2.19 GAA, .924 SV%) is now the full-time starter, with newly acquired Ilya Bryzgalov backing him up.
 
2/28/2014 2:00:00 PM
Description: Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom is questionable for Friday's game against Vancouver with an abdominal strain.
Insight: Previously listed as doubtful, he had a decent practice on Wednesday. Backstrom (5-11-2, 3.02 GAA, .899 SV%) should be considered day-to-day. No matter, Darcy Kuemper is starting on Friday.
 
2/27/2014 2:19:00 PM
Description: Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom is questionable for Thursday's game against Edmonton with an abdominal strain.
Insight: Previously listed as doubtful, he had a decent practice on Wednesday. Backstrom (5-11-2, 3.02 GAA, .899 SV%) should be considered day-to-day. He's having an "off" season which he blames on injuries dating back to 2012-13.
 
2/6/2014 3:55:00 PM
Description: Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom will miss Thursday's game against Nashville with an abdominal strain.
Insight: Backstrom (5-11-2, 3.02 GAA, .899 SV%) should be considered day-to-day. He's having an "off" season which he blames on injuries dating back to 2012-13.
 
1/23/2014 1:10:00 PM
Description: Minnesota netminder Niklas Backstrom has been battling abdominal stiffness and took a cortisone shot earlier in the week.
Insight: Backstrom (5-10-2, 3.02 GAA, .899 SV%) should be considered day-to-day. He's having an "off" season which he blames on injuries dating back to 2012-13. At this point, Darcy Kuemper is a better option.
 
1/7/2014 6:17:00 PM
Description: Minnesota netminder Niklas Backstrom has been battling abdominal stiffness. SOURCE: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
Insight: He'll be backing up Darcy Kuemper Tuesday night in Los Angeles. The injury doesn't appear serious. Consider Backstrom (4-9-2, 3.15 GAA, .896 SV%) day-to-day.
 
12/6/2013 7:01:00 PM
Description: Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom is starting at Columbus on Friday.
Insight: Josh Harding started Thursday against the Blackhawks and will get a break. Backstrom is making his first start since Nov. 27 and just his 10th start of the season Friday.
 
11/17/2013 11:05:00 AM
Description: Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom suffered a concussion Wednesday night against Toronto and will miss Sunday's game against Winnipeg.
Insight: Josh Harding has been playing great with a 11-2-2 record, 1.26 GAA and .945 SV% so there is no need to rush Backstrom into the lineup. Given the unknown nature of a concussion, there is no timetable for his return. Johan Gustafsson will backup Harding.
 
11/15/2013 1:49:00 PM
Description: Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom suffered a concussion Wednesday night against Toronto and will miss Friday's game against Florida.
Insight: Josh Harding has been playing great with a 10-2-2 record, 1.21 GAA and .947 SV%.
 
11/13/2013 10:19:00 PM
Description: Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom suffered a head injury Wednesday night against Toronto. SOURCE: Michael Russo, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Insight: He left in the first period. Josh Harding was called into duty even though he's been dealing with an illness. Backstrom saved three shots before exiting.
 
11/13/2013 3:44:00 PM
Description: Minnesota goalie Josh Harding is under the weather, so Niklas Backstrom will make his first start since Oct. 28 Wednesday night against Toronto.
Insight: Backstrom opened the season as the starter but suffered an injury early in October and has struggled in two starts since returning. Harding, meanwhile, has been dominant, going 9-2-2 with a 1.22 GAA and a .947 SV% in 14 games.
 
10/26/2013 12:27:00 PM
Description: Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom (knee) will make his first start since Oct. 8 Saturday against the Blackhawks.
Insight: The team actually activated Backstrom more than a week ago, but he's been stuck on the bench behind Josh Harding, who is 5-2-1 with a 1.00 GAA and a .953 SV%. Harding's lower-body injury gives Backstrom a window to get his starting job back.
 
10/17/2013 1:54:00 PM
Description: Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom (knee) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice and will serve as backup for Thursday's game against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Backstrom suffered a right knee strain and hasn't played since Oct. 8, but could start on Saturday.
 
10/15/2013 11:28:00 AM
Description: Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom (knee) was a full participant in Monday's pre-game practice, but is still questionable for Tuesday's game with Toronto.
Insight: Backstrom suffered a right knee strain Tuesday. The Wild started a four-game road trip Monday and Backstrom (0-0, 3.40 GAA, .849 SV%) hopes to play in one of them. Josh Harding played well on Monday in a 2-1 victory and should get the assignment on Tuesday.
 
10/14/2013 11:18:00 AM
Description: Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom (knee) is doubtful for Monday's game against Buffalo.
Insight: Backstrom suffered a right knee strain Tuesday and while he practiced Friday says his knee is "not normal yet," according to the Star Tribune. The Wild start a four-game road trip and Backstrom (0-0, 3.40 GAA, .849 SV%) hopes to play in one of them.
 
10/12/2013 2:57:00 PM
Description: Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom (knee) practiced Friday during the team's optional skate, but says his knee is "not normal yet," according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Backstrom suffered a right knee strain Tuesday. "I’m glad it’s not serious. It felt pretty bad (Tuesday) But the MRI said everything wasn’t as bad as thought first. Now it’s just rehab and work and get back out there as soon as I can." Josh Harding will start until Backstrom is ready to return.
 
10/8/2013 9:21:00 PM
Description: Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom left Tuesday's game against Nashville with a lower-body injury.
Insight: Backstrom crashed into the goal post following a collision. He'll be reevaluated Wednesday.
 
5/16/2013 7:42:00 PM
Description: Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom had surgery to fix a sports hernia on Thursday. SOURCE: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
Insight: He went 24-15-3 with a 2.48 GAA in 2013. The 35-year-old is set to become a free agent this offseason.
 

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