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Niklas Backstrom

37-Year-Old Goalie – Minnesota Wild

2014-15 NHL Stats

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5

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7

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3.04

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.887

2014-15 NHL Projections

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2014-15 Fantasy Hockey Outlook

Despite a mixed bag of results, Backstrom had been the Wild’s answer in goal from his stellar rookie season in 2006-07 until 2012-13, but between injury and ineffectiveness, the past two seasons have been nothing short of disastrous for the Finnish netminder. After losing th...

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STATUS:  Out    INJURY:  Elbow    EST. RETURN:  10/1/2015
SHOOTS: Left   HT: 6' 2"   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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The agent for Backstrom (elbow) acknowledged that his client likely won't be ready to play at the start of training camp in September, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Niklas Backstrom NHL Stats
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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
2014-15 36 NHL MIN 19 5 7 3 0 3.04 51 452 401 .887
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Niklas Backstrom – Playing Time Overview

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#3 Goalie
  1. Devan Dubnyk
  2. Darcy Kuemper
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Minnesota Wild

Time On Ice Stats

52:53

Average Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, Niklas Backstrom was on the ice for 52:53.

5:36

Average Power Play Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, Niklas Backstrom was on the ice for 5:36 during power plays.

Year Ice Time Power Play Ice Time
2012-13 56:23 4:57
2013-14 52:06 5:08
2014-15 52:53 5:36

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Niklas Backstrom 2014-15 NHL Game Log
Date Opponent W L OTL GAA GA SA SV SV%
May. 7 CHI Did Not Play
May. 5 CHI Did Not Play
May. 3 at CHI Did Not Play
May. 1 at CHI Did Not Play
Apr. 26 STL Did Not Play
Apr. 24 at STL Did Not Play
Apr. 22 STL Did Not Play
Apr. 20 STL Did Not Play
Apr. 18 at STL Did Not Play
Apr. 16 at STL Did Not Play
Apr. 11 at STL Did Not Play
Apr. 9 at NSH Did Not Play
Apr. 7 at CHI Did Not Play
Apr. 6 WPG Did Not Play
Apr. 4 DET Did Not Play
Apr. 2 NYR Did Not Play
Mar. 28 LA Did Not Play
Mar. 27 CGY Did Not Play
Mar. 24 at NYI Did Not Play
Mar. 23 at TOR Did Not Play
Mar. 21 STL Did Not Play
Mar. 19 WAS Did Not Play
Mar. 17 at NSH Did Not Play
Mar. 14 at STL Did Not Play
Mar. 13 ANH Did Not Play
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Mar. 10 NJ Did Not Play
Mar. 8 COL Did Not Play
Mar. 6 at CAR Did Not Play
Mar. 5 at WAS Did Not Play
Mar. 3 OTT Did Not Play
Feb. 28 at COL Did Not Play
Feb. 26 at NSH Did Not Play
Feb. 24 EDM Did Not Play
Feb. 22 DAL Did Not Play
Feb. 20 at EDM Did Not Play
Feb. 18 at CGY Did Not Play
Feb. 16 at VAN Did Not Play
Feb. 14 CAR Did Not Play
Feb. 12 FLA Did Not Play
Feb. 10 at WPG Did Not Play
Feb. 9 VAN Did Not Play
Feb. 7 COL Did Not Play
Feb. 3 CHI Did Not Play
Feb. 1 at VAN Did Not Play
Jan. 29 at CGY Did Not Play
Jan. 27 at EDM Did Not Play
Jan. 20 at DET Did Not Play
Jan. 19 CLS Did Not Play
Jan. 17 ARI Did Not Play
Jan. 15 at BUF Did Not Play
Jan. 13 at PIT 0 1 0 7.20 6 35 29 .829
Jan. 11 at CHI 0 1 0 4.00 4 35 31 .886
Jan. 10 NSH 0 1 0 3.05 3 27 24 .889
Jan. 8 CHI 0 1 0 3.05 3 19 16 .842
Jan. 6 SJ Did Not Play
Jan. 3 at DAL 0 0 0 5.81 3 14 11 .786
Jan. 2 TOR Did Not Play
Dec. 31 at CLS Did Not Play
Dec. 29 at WPG Did Not Play
Dec. 27 WPG Did Not Play
Dec. 23 PHI Did Not Play
Dec. 20 NSH 0 0 1 4.39 3 30 27 .900
Dec. 17 BOS 0 0 1 2.95 3 25 22 .880
Dec. 16 at CHI 0 1 0 4.14 4 38 34 .895
Dec. 13 at ARI 1 0 0 2.77 3 30 27 .900
Dec. 11 at SJ Did Not Play
Dec. 9 NYI 1 0 0 4.00 4 19 15 .789
Dec. 5 ANH 0 0 0 0.00 0 3 3 1.000
Dec. 3 MON Did Not Play
Nov. 29 STL 0 0 1 1.88 2 26 24 .923
Nov. 28 at DAL Did Not Play
Nov. 26 LA 0 0 0 0.00 0 12 12 1.000
Nov. 24 at FLA 1 0 0 1.02 1 30 29 .967
Nov. 22 at TB Did Not Play
Nov. 20 at PHI Did Not Play
Nov. 16 WPG 0 0 0 3.60 3 22 19 .864
Nov. 15 at DAL Did Not Play
Nov. 13 BUF 1 0 0 1.13 1 26 25 .962
Nov. 11 at NJ Did Not Play
Nov. 8 at MON Did Not Play
Nov. 6 at OTT 0 1 0 3.05 3 17 14 .824
Nov. 4 PIT Did Not Play
Nov. 1 DAL Did Not Play
Oct. 30 SJ Did Not Play
Oct. 28 at BOS 1 0 0 3.00 3 28 25 .893
Oct. 27 at NYR Did Not Play
Oct. 25 TB Did Not Play
Oct. 23 ARI Did Not Play
Oct. 19 at LA 0 1 0 2.07 2 16 14 .875
Oct. 17 at ANH Did Not Play
Oct. 11 at COL Did Not Play
Oct. 9 COL Did Not Play

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

Backstrom underwent elbow surgery after the season, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Backstrom could have his contract bought out by the Wild this summer, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Backstrom hasn't appeared in a game for the Wild since Jan. 13.

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Backstrom's new teammate, Devan Dubnyk will start Thursday's game against the Sabres.

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Backstrom gave up six goals on 35 shots in Monday's 7-2 loss to Pittsburgh. He was replaced in the third period by John Curry. Despite the poor outing, head coach Mike Yeo said Backstrom will start Thursday against Buffalo, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Backstrom will get the start in net Tuesday against the Penguins.

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Backstrom allowed four goals on 35 shots in Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Blackhawks.

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Backstrom will start in net against Chicago on Sunday, Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press reports.

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Backstrom allowed three goals on 24 shots in Saturday afternoon's 3-1 loss to the visiting Predators.

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Backstrom will be in the crease for Saturday's game against the Predators, Eric Stromgren of The Tennessean reports.

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Backstrom, making his first start of what should be semi-regular action in the near future with Darcy Kuemper (shoulder) hurt, stopped only 16 of 19 shots in a 4-2 loss Thursday against the Blackhawks.

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Backstrom will get the start between the pipes on Thursday against the Blackhawks.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014-15

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2013-14

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 sports hernia that required offseason surgery. The free agent returned to the Wild with a three-year, $10.25 million contract this summer. At age 35, there's some risk he will continue to break down, but the Wild do have options in the minors with prospects Darcy Kuemper and Johan Gustafsson. Still, he's shown no signs of diminished skills and should continue to produce at a high level with a slightly lower workload as the Wild tries to keep him fresh.

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.