Niklas Backstrom G MIN 10 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 10 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 11 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.

Niklas Backstrom G MIN 11 Days

Backstrom will be in the crease Tuesday against the Blackhawks, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

All indications at morning skate were that Darcy Kuemper was in line to start Tuesday, but the Wild ended up changing direction at the last second. Backstrom will face a tall order in trying to quiet the sizzling Blackhawks, but could be in line for added duty if the issue that is keeping Kuemper out of Tuesday's contest results in further missed time. It's worthwhile to track the circumstances surrounding Kuemper when coach Mike Yeo meets with the press after the game, as it could have major implications for Backstrom.

Niklas Backstrom G MIN 13 Days

Backstrom stopped 27 of 30 shots Saturday against the Coyotes before prevailing in the shootout for his second win of the season.

Making his second start of the week, Backstrom wasn't particularly outstanding, but managed to come away with back-to-back victories. Coach Mike Yeo has shown decreased faith in No. 1 goalie Darcy Kuemper of late, but Backstrom probably needs to play a little bit better before a legitimate controversy for the starting job emerges.

Niklas Backstrom G MIN 14 Days

Backstrom will be in the net Saturday against the Coyotes, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Though his usage has remained relatively light this season, Backstrom has seen his workload pick up a bit over the last week due to the inconsistency of No. 1 stater Darcy Kuemper. Backstrom will probably have to capitalize on the next several opportunities presented to him if he hopes to ultimately unseat Kuemper for regular starting duties, and Saturday's outing against the Coyotes could be exactly what he needs to gain some momentum. Arizona has dropped four games in a row to drop them to 10-16-3 on the season, with only the lowly Oilers owning a worse record in the Western Conference.

Niklas Backstrom G MIN 18 Days

Backstrom didn't play well Tuesday, giving up four goals on 19 shots, but he got saved by his offense, which put up four unanswered goals in the third period to come away with a 5-4 win.

Not a pretty outing for Backstrom -- in fact, the four goals allowed represent a season high for the 36-year-old. He's generally been respectable, but the Wild seem committed to Darcy Kuemper in the starting role, and this won't help Backstrom's case.

Niklas Backstrom G MIN 19 Days

Backstrom will start in net Tuesday against the Islanders, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

Backstrom has played well in a couple recent relief efforts, and will get the start ahead of Darcy Kuemper on Tuesday.

Niklas Backstrom G MIN 22 Days

Backstrom stopped the three shots he faced in relief of Darcy Kuemper Friday against the Ducks.

It wasn't much of a test for Backstrom, who was called upon in the third period after Kuemper gave up five goals on just 25 shots. Backstrom is now 3-2-1 on the season with a .917 save percentage and 1.97 GAA. Considering Kuemper has given up at least four goals in three of his last four starts, Backstrom may get some starts in the near-future.

Niklas Backstrom G MIN 28 Days

Backstrom stopped 19-of-21 shots but lost in a shootout Saturday to St. Louis.

Backstrom is on a roll with two or fewer goals allowed in three consecutive starts. He's still second to Darcy Kuemper in net, but he could get more starts if Kuemper struggles.