Niklas Backstrom G MIN 2 Hrs
Darcy Kuemper was pulled after giving up four goals in the first period of Wednesday's loss to the Kings. Backstrom replaced him and stopped all 12 shots he faced in two periods.
Kuemper didn't get much help from his defense, so his poor outing may not change the mix at goaltender. Backstrom still mostly gets starts in back-to-back games and should get a start either Friday or Saturday.
Niklas Backstrom G MIN 2 Days
Backstrom allowed just one goal on 30 shots in Monday's 4-1 win over the Panthers.
Had it not been for a second-period deflection by unlikely scorer Shawn Thornton, the veteran netminder would have had his first shutout of the year. Backstrom has only made five starts this season -- posting a 3-2-0 record with a 2.28 GAA and .906 save percentage -- and doesn't figure to get between the pipes regularly with coach Mike Yeo leaning heavily on youngster Darcy Kuemper.
Niklas Backstrom G MIN 3 Days
Backstrom will start between the pipes Monday against the Panthers, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
The veteran netminder has dealt with a few injuries in recent years, which have resulted in him being relegated to the backup role behind Darcy Kuemper. Backstrom is 2-2-0 on the season, but his .890 save percentage leaves a lot to be desired.
Niklas Backstrom G MIN 10 Days
Backstrom allowed three goals on 22 shots before being pulled in the third period of Sunday's 4-3 overtime win against the Jets.
Backstrom actually entered the third period with a shutout as the Wild led 3-0, but he allowed three goals in less than five minutes to allow Winnipeg to even the score. Darcy Kuemper came in and didn't give up another goal to pick up the win just two games after Backstrom picked up the victory after relieving Kuemper.
Niklas Backstrom G MIN 10 Days
Backstrom will start in goal Sunday against the Jets.
Coach Mike Yeo indicated Backstrom wouldl likely be the starter, and now that appears to be the case. His last appearance came in relief Thursday, where he stopped 25 of the 26 shots he faced after coming in 6:24 into the first period.
Niklas Backstrom G MIN 11 Days
Coach Mike Yeo said that he expects to start Backstrom in goal Sunday against the Jets, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Darcy Kuemper probably needed to shut out the Stars on Saturday in order to earn himself both starts of the Wild's weekend back-to-back, and he narrowly did just that, stopping 27 of 28 shots in the victory. However, Kuemper had performed miserably prior to that, so it seems likely that Yeo will rest him in favor of Backstrom, who was magnificent in relief of Kuemper his last time out. He stopped 25 of 26 shots Thursday against the Sabres, leading the Wild to a come-from-behind victory. Look for Yeo to confirm Backstrom as Sunday's starter prior to pregame warmups.
Niklas Backstrom G MIN 13 Days
Backstrom stopped 25 of 26 shots in relief of Darcy Kuemper during Thursday's 6-3 win over Buffalo.
Kuemper was pulled just 6:24 into the first period after giving up goals on each of the first two shots he faced, so this was very nearly a start for Backstrom. It's just his second win in four starts, and his best game among those by far.
Niklas Backstrom G MIN 15 Days
Backstrom picked up two assists on Alex Ovechkin goals -- one on the power play -- in Tuesday's win over Columbus.
Backstrom's clipping along as usual, with an assist-heavy nine points over his last six games. As always, he's a lineup fixture.
Niklas Backstrom G MIN 20 Days
Backstrom stopped just 14 of 17 shots in Thursday's 3-0 loss to the Senators.
Craig Anderson faced twice as many shots from Backstrom's mates on the other end, but turned in a perfect performance. While Darcy Kuemper has cooled lately after his dominant beginning to the year, Backstrom hasn't yet turned in a save mark better than .893 in any of his three starts, so he's not likely to cut into Kuemper's playing time much.
Niklas Backstrom G MIN 21 Days
Backstrom will be between the pipes for Thursday's game against the Senators, Chad Graff of The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Backstrom will start his third game of the season, and first since Oct. 28, Thursday night. He will take on an Ottawa team that has lost four of its last six games entering Thursday's contest.