Niklas Backstrom G MIN 1 Day

Backstrom (illness) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.

With Backstrom still under the weather, the Wild went ahead and brought John Curry up to provide some short-term depth behind Darcy Kuemper. Backstrom will be eligible to return Monday against Winnipeg, but it's uncertain if he'll be ready by that time.

Niklas Backstrom G MIN 5 Days

Backstrom is missing Tuesday's game against the Flyers due to the flu, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

It's Backstrom's second tango with the flu in as many weeks, as it was a stomach bug that jeopardized his availability to play last Wednesday. He ended up being able to suit up for that contest, but wasn't so fortunate this time around, as Darcy Kuemper was granted the start after Backstrom fell ill during the afternoon. The Wild haven't relayed what kind of bug Backstrom is dealing with this time around, but given that five Wild defensemen have already been hit with the mumps this season, that virus is always a concern whenever one of the team's players is being afflicted by some type of illness.

Niklas Backstrom G MIN 5 Days

Backstrom, who was confirmed as the starter in goal for Tuesday's game against the Flyers following the team's morning skate, will be unavailable for the game due to an undisclosed issue, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Darcy Kuemper will instead make the start for the Wild in an interesting reversal, as it was Backstrom who was announced as the late starter for the Wild just one week earlier when an illness kept Kuemper unavailable for a game against the Blackhawks. Backstrom had played through that game sick himself, and it's possible he may have picked up another illness over the afternoon yet again. John Curry was recalled on an emergency basis to act as Kuemper's backup for the time being, but expect the Wild to provide word on Backstrom's condition after the game.

Niklas Backstrom G MIN 5 Days

Backstrom will start in goal when the Wild take on the Flyers on Tuesday night.

As expected, Backstrom will get the starting nod on Tuesday against the Flyers. Backstrom is 5-3-3 on the season with a .901 save percentage and 2.58 GAA, and will remain a relatively low-upside, but high floor fantasy option on Tuesday against the Flyers.

Niklas Backstrom G MIN 5 Days

Backstrom is expected to start in goal when the Wild take on the Flyers on Tuesday night, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Due to Darcy Kuemper's recent struggles between the pipes, Minnesota has decided to lean on Backstrom a little more heavily. Backstrom is 5-3-3 on the season with a .901 save percentage and 2.58 GAA, and will remain a relatively low-upside, but high floor fantasy option on Tuesday against the Flyers.

Niklas Backstrom G MIN 8 Days

Backstrom stopped 27 of the 30 shots he faced in relief of Darcy Kuemper in Saturday's overtime loss to the Predators.

Not a bad outing for Backstrom, who is now 5-3-3 on the season with a .901 save percentage and 2.58 GAA. Considering the recent struggles of Kuemper, it's possible Backstrom could see some more starts in the near-future. The 36-year-old makes for a decent fantasy option whenever he gets the call in the crease.

Niklas Backstrom G MIN 11 Days

Backstrom allowed three goals on 25 shots in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Bruins.

The veteran netminder has been seeing lots of ice time lately with Darcy Kuemper (illness) out, but he hasn't been very impressive. Backstrom has allowed 14 goals over his last four starts, and figures to be the backup once again when Kuemper returns.

Niklas Backstrom G MIN 11 Days

Backstrom (illness) will be in goal for Wednesday's game against the Bruins, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Backstrom's status for Wednesday's game was in question due to a stomach illness, but he will be able to take the ice as expected. Fellow goaltender Darcy Kuemper is also dealing with an illness and will not be available Wednesday, so John Curry will serve as Backstrom's backup Wednesday night.

Niklas Backstrom G MIN 11 Days

Backstrom, who played through a stomach illness in Tuesday's loss to the Blackhawks, is expected to start Wednesday against the Bruins, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Darcy Kuemper was initially slated to start Tuesday's game, but came down with a stomach bug in the afternoon that limited him to backup duties for the evening. As a result, Backstrom was thrust into action, only to battle a stomach issue of his own from the first period onward. Backstrom at least seems to be recovering from the illness better than Kuemper, so he'll get the call Wednesday unless his condition takes a turn for the worse. However, given the less-than-optimal health of both of their netminders, expect the Wild to recall either John Curry or Johan Gustafsson from AHL Iowa as an insurance option.

Niklas Backstrom G MIN 12 Days

Backstrom gave up four goals on 38 shots during Tuesday's 5-3 loss in Chicago.

This wasn't a bad outing for Backstrom despite the not-so-pretty stat line, but there's no getting around the fact that he's given up 11 goals on 87 shots (an .874 save mark) over his last three starts. Assuming Darcy Kuemper's undisclosed ailment isn't serious, Backstrom will likely retake a seat on the bench Wednesday against Boston.