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Niklas Backstrom

36-Year-Old Goalie – Minnesota Wild

2013-14 NHL Stats

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5

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11

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3.02

SV%

.899

2013-14 NHL Projections

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2013-14 Fantasy Hockey Outlook

Backstrom led the NHL in wins with 24 as he started 41 of 48 games and had a solid 2.48 GAA. However, he tired down the stretch as he played more than the team would have liked with backup Josh Harding struggling with multiple sclerosis and then missed the playoffs with a sp...

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STATUS:  Out    INJURY:  Abdomen    EST. RETURN:  9/1/2014
SHOOTS: Left   HT: 6' 1"   WT: 194   DOB: 2/13/1978
BORN: Helsinki, Finland   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract

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Niklas Backstrom Contract Information:

Signed a three-year deal with the Wild in June of 2013.

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Backstrom (abdomen) underwent a third procedure Tuesday and will officially be ruled out from returning this season, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

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Niklas Backstrom NHL Stats
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  Goalie Stats
Season Age League Team GP W L OTL SO GAA GA SA SV SV%
2006-07 28 41 23 8 6 5 1.97 73 1028 955 .929
2007-08 29 58 33 13 8 4 2.30 131 1629 1498 .920
2008-09 30 71 37 24 8 8 2.33 159 2059 1900 .923
2009-10 31 60 26 23 8 2 2.72 158 1632 1474 .903
2010-11 32 NHL MIN 51 22 23 5 3 2.66 132 1566 1434 .916
2011-12 33 NHL MIN 46 19 18 7 4 2.43 105 1299 1194 .919
2012-13 34 NHL MIN 42 24 15 3 2 2.48 98 1072 974 .909
2013-14 35 NHL MIN 21 5 11 2 0 3.02 55 546 491 .899
2013-14 Proj 35 NHL MIN 56 Subscribe now to see our 2013-14 projections for Niklas Backstrom

Age is determined on October 1st of each season.

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Niklas Backstrom – Playing Time Overview

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Time On Ice Stats

52:06

Average Time On Ice in 2013-14

During an average game, Niklas Backstrom was on the ice for 52:06.

5:08

Average Power Play Time On Ice in 2013-14

During an average game, Niklas Backstrom was on the ice for 5:08 during power plays.

Year Ice Time Power Play Ice Time
2011-12 56:18 5:04
2012-13 56:23 4:57
2013-14 52:06 5:08

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Niklas Backstrom 2013-14 NHL Game Log
Date Opponent W L OTL GAA GA SA SV SV%
Apr. 21 COL Did Not Play
Apr. 19 at COL Did Not Play
Apr. 17 at COL Did Not Play
Apr. 13 NSH Did Not Play
Apr. 10 STL Did Not Play
Apr. 8 BOS Did Not Play
Apr. 7 at WPG Did Not Play
Apr. 5 PIT Did Not Play
Apr. 3 at CHI Did Not Play
Mar. 31 at LA Did Not Play
Mar. 29 at PHO Did Not Play
Mar. 27 at STL Did Not Play
Mar. 26 VAN Did Not Play
Mar. 23 at DET Did Not Play
Mar. 22 DET Did Not Play
Mar. 20 at NJ Did Not Play
Mar. 18 at NYI Did Not Play
Mar. 17 at BOS Did Not Play
Mar. 15 CLS Did Not Play
Mar. 13 NYR Did Not Play
Mar. 11 EDM Did Not Play
Mar. 9 STL Did Not Play
Mar. 8 at DAL Did Not Play
Mar. 3 CGY Did Not Play
Feb. 28 at VAN Did Not Play
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Feb. 27 at EDM Did Not Play
Feb. 6 NSH Did Not Play
Feb. 4 TB Did Not Play
Feb. 1 at CGY Did Not Play
Jan. 30 at COL 0 1 0 2.73 1 9 8 .889
Jan. 28 at ANH Did Not Play
Jan. 25 at SJ Did Not Play
Jan. 23 CHI Did Not Play
Jan. 21 at DAL Did Not Play
Jan. 18 DAL Did Not Play
Jan. 16 EDM Did Not Play
Jan. 14 OTT Did Not Play
Jan. 12 at NSH Did Not Play
Jan. 11 COL 0 1 0 3.05 3 17 14 .824
Jan. 9 at PHO 1 0 0 1.00 1 40 39 .975
Jan. 7 at LA Did Not Play
Jan. 4 WAS 1 0 0 3.00 3 30 27 .900
Jan. 2 BUF 1 0 0 1.00 1 20 19 .950
Dec. 31 STL Did Not Play
Dec. 29 NYI Did Not Play
Dec. 27 at WPG 0 1 0 5.17 5 37 32 .865
Dec. 23 at PHI 0 1 0 3.05 3 30 27 .900
Dec. 22 at NYR 0 1 0 4.00 4 36 32 .889
Dec. 19 at PIT 0 1 0 5.00 5 36 31 .861
Dec. 17 VAN Did Not Play
Dec. 14 at COL Did Not Play
Dec. 12 at SJ 0 1 0 3.10 3 39 36 .923
Dec. 11 at ANH Did Not Play
Dec. 8 SJ Did Not Play
Dec. 6 at CLS 0 1 0 4.00 4 41 37 .902
Dec. 5 CHI Did Not Play
Dec. 2 PHI Did Not Play
Nov. 30 at COL Did Not Play
Nov. 29 COL Did Not Play
Nov. 27 PHO 0 1 0 2.03 2 25 23 .920
Nov. 25 at STL 0 1 0 2.03 2 20 18 .900
Nov. 23 at WPG 1 0 0 1.85 2 39 37 .949
Nov. 20 at OTT Did Not Play
Nov. 19 at MON Did Not Play
Nov. 17 WPG Did Not Play
Nov. 15 FLA Did Not Play
Nov. 13 TOR 0 0 0 0.00 0 3 3 1.000
Nov. 9 at CAR Did Not Play
Nov. 7 at WAS Did Not Play
Nov. 5 CGY Did Not Play
Nov. 3 NJ Did Not Play
Nov. 1 MON Did Not Play
Oct. 28 CHI 0 1 0 5.08 5 28 23 .821
Oct. 26 at CHI 1 0 0 3.00 3 36 33 .917
Oct. 24 CAR 0 0 0 0.00 0 7 7 1.000
Oct. 22 NSH Did Not Play
Oct. 19 at FLA Did Not Play
Oct. 17 at TB Did Not Play
Oct. 15 at TOR Did Not Play
Oct. 14 at BUF Did Not Play
Oct. 12 DAL Did Not Play
Oct. 10 WPG Did Not Play
Oct. 8 at NSH 0 0 0 10.91 2 5 3 .600
Oct. 5 ANH 0 0 1 3.75 4 30 26 .867
Oct. 3 LA 0 0 1 1.85 2 18 16 .889

Niklas Backstrom: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Backstrom (abdominal soreness) was on the ice in pads Tuesday. "I know that he's still not feeling great, so he's going out there and keeping sharp just in case he can come back," head coach Mike Yeo told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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GM Chuck Fletcher said Backstrom (abdominal soreness) will require surgery and is likely out for the season, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

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After third-stringer John Curry was returned to AHL Iowa on Saturday, the assumption is that Backstrom is sufficiently recovered from his abdominal soreness, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Backstrom (abdominal soreness) practiced Wednesday and could start either Thursday or Friday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Backstrom (abdomen), who was dealing with some soreness Tuesday morning, was given a maintenance day by the Wild, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Over the Olympic break, Backstrom visited the abdominal specialist who repaired his sports hernia this past spring, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

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Backstrom (general soreness) was present for Wednesday's practice, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

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Backstrom will not play Thursday due to general soreness. Johan Gustafsson has been recalled from AHL Iowa to back up Darcy Kuemper.

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Backstrom (lower body) has been able to serve as the backup goalie the past two games.

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Backstrom (lower body) returned to practice Wednesday, Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press reports.

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Backstrom received an injection for a lower-body injury over the weekend and will be out for the next few days, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

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Backstrom will will start Saturday's game against the Avalanche.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2013-14

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2012-13

Following three tremendous campaigns to begin his North American career, Backstrom has regressed while dealing with injuries. Last season’s 2.43 goals-against average and .919 save percentage were the best he’d posted in two seasons, but injuries limited his starts to just 45 games and he underwent minor ankle surgery after the season. He turns 35 in February, but he can make a decent secondary goaltending option on most squads. Draft him if he’s the best player still left, but be certain to have a solid contingency plan.

2011-12

A drawback to owning Backstrom in fantasy leagues is that he usually has to be at his very best to show up in the win column. Case in point, the Wild have been among the 10 worst in team goals allowed per game in each of the past three seasons. Also, the Finnish netminder wrapped up the 2010-11 season with a losing record (22-23-5) for the first time in his career, but his peripheral stats (916 save percentage; 2.66 goals-against average) were decent considering he endured a pitiful 4.30 GAA in his last 12 games. The acquisitions of Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi from the Sharks should lend Backstrom more offensive support, but one can only hope a shoulder injury that he played through for most of last year is a non-issue for 2011-12.

2010-11

Backstrom's stats took a hit with the move away from defensive-minded head coach Jacques Lemaire to Todd Richards' more open attack. Considering that the Wild fell to 21st in goals allowed from second in 2008-09, it's amazing Backstrom's stats didn't suffer more. He'll get the majority of starts ahead of backup Josh Harding, but his stats may suffer again as Richards focuses his energy on offense.

2009-10

Backstrom almost single handedly carried the Wild into the playoffs and earned a Vezina Trophy nomination for it. He finished at or near the top of every important goaltending position, and it wasn't a fluke season for Backstrom. Under Minnesota's new, less defensive-minded system, Backstrom will have more pressure on him, but given his talent, he should have another fine year.

2008-09

Backstrom saw over 28 shots on goal, per game, in 2007-08. The Finn countered this statistic by recording an impressive 2.31 goals-against average in the same year, good for eighth in the NHL. His game does not represent Minnesota's team name very well as instead of being Wild, he exhibits a calm demeanor, excellent positioning and is usually a sly body in the net. It's easy to slap the "inexperienced"¯ label onto Backstrom, after all, he has only been in professional American hockey for two seasons, but the 30-year-old dominated the Finish SM-liiga league where he secured championship titles in consecutive seasons (2004, 2005). Expect Backstrom to elevate his game even further in 2008-09.

2007-08

Backstrom enters the 2007-08 season as the primary goalie for the Wild after a stellar season that saw him lead the NHL with a 1.97 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage. Backstrom entered his first NHL season after playing in the Finnish Elite League as the backup to Manny Fernandez. When Fernandez hurt his knee in January, Backstrom took over the starting role and never gave it back. The defensive-minded system of head coach Jacques Lemaire always keeps scoring down and has resulted in strong stats for any Wild goalie the past six years. However, there's some risk Backstrom may not get as many starts as a No. 1 goalie would expect. Lemaire has a history of platooning goalies and going with the hot had. With a rising star in backup Josh Harding, don't count on Backstrom getting more than 55 starts, and there could be stretches where he doesn't start consecutive games.

2006-07

He will compete with Josh Harding to be Manny Fernandez's backup next season.