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Niklas Backstrom

36-Year-Old Goalie – Minnesota Wild

2014-15 NHL Stats

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2014-15 NHL Projections

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2014-15 Fantasy Hockey Outlook

Backstrom, the Wild's number-one goaltender for seven consecutive seasons, saw his role disappear last year because of a combination of poor play, lingering injury and offseason surgery. He'll be back, but he looks like he'll be playing third string behind Josh Harding and e...

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SHOOTS: Left   HT: 6' 1"   WT: 194   DOB: 2/13/1978   BORN: Helsinki, Finland   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract

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

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Backstrom gave up three goals on 28 shots in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Bruins.

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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 2 1 1 0 0 2.52 5 44 39 .886
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Niklas Backstrom – Playing Time Overview

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#2 Goalie
  1. Darcy Kuemper
  2. Niklas Backstrom
  3. Josh Harding  OUT
Minnesota Wild

Time On Ice Stats

59:28

Average Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, Niklas Backstrom was on the ice for 59:28.

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Average Power Play Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, Niklas Backstrom was on the ice for 7:00 during power plays.

Year Ice Time Power Play Ice Time
2012-13 56:23 4:57
2013-14 52:06 5:08
2014-15 59:28 7:00

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Niklas Backstrom 2014-15 NHL Game Log
Date Opponent W L OTL GAA GA SA SV SV%
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 will be in goal for Tuesday's game against the Bruins, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

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Backstrom stopped made 14 saves in a 2-1 loss to the Kings on Sunday.

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Backstrom will be the starter against the Kings on Sunday, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.

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Backstrom will make his first start of the season Sunday against the Kings, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Backstrom will likely make his season debut Sunday against the Kings, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

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Backstrom will begin the season in a platoon with Darcy Keumper in goal with the better performer getting the bulk of starts, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

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Backstrom appears to be losing ground in the battle for the No. 1 goalie gig with Darcy Kuemper, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

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Backstrom stopped all 12 shots in 30 minutes in Monday's preseason loss to Winnipeg.

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Backstrom was a full participant in the first practice and scrimmage of Minnesota's training camp, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said Backstrom (abdomen, hip) is feeling good and and will be ready to participate in training camp, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Backstrom (abdomen) is expected to be back in pads in July.

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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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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.