Niklas Backstrom G MIN 7 Months

Although the Wild called up John Curry, Niklas Backstrom (abdomen) might play on Thursday.

Backstrom had an encouraging practice, but his availability for the upcoming contest is still unclear. He has a 3.02 GAA and .899 save percentage in 21 games this season.

Niklas Backstrom G MIN 7 Months

Niklas Backstrom will be dealing with abdominal issues for the remainder of the 2013-14 campaign.

That doesn't necessarily mean that Backstrom is done for the season. He missed Tuesday's practice, but the hope is that he'll be back on the ice Wednesday. Keep your expectations low for Backstrom going forward.

Niklas Backstrom G MIN 7 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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.