Niklas Backstrom G MIN 5 Months

Niklas Backstrom saw an abdominal specialist over the break.

The same specialist repaired his sports hernia last spring in Philadelphia. Backstrom knows what his issue is, but he is going to leave it up to the Wild to announce it if they choose to. He hopes the issue won't linger any longer and that his new treatment protocols and off-ice workouts will help.

Niklas Backstrom G MIN 6 Months

Niklas Backstrom won't dress Thursday because of abdominal soreness.

He dealt with the issue throughout January and is considered day-to-day. Backstrom will use the Olympic break to rest up.

Niklas Backstrom G MIN 6 Months

Niklas Backstrom turned aside eight of nine shots in Minnesota's 5-4 loss to Colorado Thursday night.

Backstrom replaced Darcy Kuemper in the second period after Kuemper allowed four goals on 23 shots. Backstrom saw his record fall down to 5-11-2. The Wild will play their next game on Saturday against Calgary so it will interesting to see which goalie will start for the Wild.

Niklas Backstrom G MIN 6 Months

Niklas Backstrom will serve as Darcy Kuemper's backup on Thursday night.

He has been dealing with a nagging lower-body injury and he hasn't played since Jan. 11. Minnesota returned Johan Gustafsson to the minors on Wednesday.

Niklas Backstrom G MIN 6 Months

Niklas Backstrom is projected to stay off the ice for a few days because of "a nagging lower-body injury."

He didn't skate Monday and was busy receiving another cortisone injection for the ailment. Backstrom admitted he played the final month of the lockout-shortened season with a "tear in the core muscle" and he believes his current abdominal stiffness is related to that. Consider him day-to-day.

Niklas Backstrom G MIN 6 Months

Niklas Backstrom hasn't played since allowing three goals on 17 shots in last Saturday's loss to Colorado.

"You want to play every time, but it's up to the coaches and the training staff to see what's going on and make a decision," said Backstrom. "As a player, you try to be ready whenever you get a chance." Darcy Kuemper will make his third straight start on Thursday night.

Niklas Backstrom G MIN 7 Months

Niklas Backstrom had a night he'd like to forget after making only 14 saves in Minnesota's 4-2 loss to the Avalanche on Saturday night.

He gave up three goals on 17 shots, with the last goal coming via the empty net. Backstrom had put together three straight excellent starts -- al wins -- prior to this one. He has a 3.02 goals-against average and .899 save percentage this season.

Niklas Backstrom G MIN 7 Months

It will be Niklas Backstrom in goal when the Wild face the Avalanche Saturday night.

He was first off the ice in Saturday's practice. Backstrom is coming off a great 39-save 4-1 win over Phoenix Thursday night, He might be a good choice against a tired Colorado team that played and lost in overtime Friday night. Adjust your goaltending rotation accordingly.

Niklas Backstrom G MIN 7 Months

Niklas Backstrom turned aside 39 of 40 shots in Minnesota's 4-1 win over Phoenix Thursday evening.

Backstrom made at least 12 saves in each period for the win after sitting out the game in Los Angeles due to abdominal soreness. It was his third win in a row and he now has a 5-9-2 record with a 3.02 GAA and a .902 save percentage.

Niklas Backstrom G MIN 7 Months

Niklas Backstrom will start Thursday night after all.

It was thought that Darcy Kuemper could get the call again after he performed well in Tuesday's win over Los Angeles. Backstrom is well enough to play despite suffering from some abdominal soreness.