Backstrom allowed five goals on 22 shots after replacing Jones Hiller in the Flames blowout loss in Anaheim on March 30th. In his last two outings his has allowed a combined 11 goals on 51 shots (.784 SV%). Tonight he will face his former team for the second time—the first time was one of those two games, when he allowed six on 29.
Backstrom stopped 21 of 22 shots in a win in Montreal in his Calgary Flames debut on Sunday. It was a strong outing for Backstrom, who was making his first start since January 13th, 2015. Tonight will be an ultra-special game for the 38-year-old, who will be making his return to Minnesota, where he played the first nine years of his NHL career. The Wild come in having won three in a row.
The Flames have acquired Niklas Backstrom and a 2016 sixth round pick from the Wild for David Jones.
Backstrom has not appeared in an NHL game this season and reportedly waived his no trade clause to go to Calgary in hope of playing an NHL game down the stretch. He was 5-7-3 with a 3.04 GAA and .887 SV% in 2014-15.
Backstrom allowed four goals on 35 shots in the Wild’s 4-1 loss to Chicago on Sunday. He has lost three consecutive starts while posting a 3.34 GAA and .877 SV%. It is evident that this 36-year-old is at the tail-end of his career and he is a dangerous start tonight in Pittsburgh. The Penguins are 10th in scoring and Backstrom has an .889 SV% on the road.
Backstrom allowed three goals on 27 shots in the Wild’s 3-1 loss to the Predators last night. He will start his third straight game and for the second time in as many nights. He draws a rough matchup in Chicago0—he allowed three goals on 19 shots in a loss to the Hawks on Thursday.
Backstrom leads the Wild onto the ice for warmups.
Backstrom turned aside 16 of 19 shots in Minnesota’s loss to the Blackhawks on Thursday. With Darcy Kuemper on IR he will make his second straight start as he searches for his first win since December 13th. Including that win, he has a 3.60 GAA and .878 SV% in his last six appearances (4 starts).
Backstrom allowed three goals on 14 shots after replacing Darcy Kuemper in the Wild’s 7-1 blowout loss to the Stars last Saturday. Backstrom has not won a game since December 13th—he has posted a 4.06 GAA and .879 SV% in three and a half games in that span.
Backstrom surrendered three goals on 30 shots in relief of Darcy Kuemper in the Wild’s 6-5 loss to the Predators on Saturday. Backstrom has given up at least three goals in his last five outings, posting an .880 SV% in the process. Tonight he will face a Flyers team who are averaging 3.50 goals per game in their last six games.
Backstrom surrendered three goals on 30 shots in relief of Darcy Kuemper in the Wild’s 6-5 loss to the Predators on Saturday. Backstrom has given up at least three goals in his last five outings, posting an .880 SV% in the process. Tonight he would face a Flyers team who are averaging 3.50 goals per game in their last six games.
Backstrom will start for the Wild; John Curry will be backup.
Backstrom allowed four goals on 38 shots in the Wild’s loss to the Blackhawks last night. He was not the scheduled starter, but with Darcy Kuemper getting sick, he will start both games of the back-to-back set. Backstrom is 5-3-1 with 2.43 GAA and .903 SV% this series. He made 25 saves in a 4-3 win over the Bruins in October.
Coach Mike Yeo hopes Backstrom (illness) can start tonight; John Curry recalled as insurance.
Backstrom, who played last night for Darcy Kuemper (illness), could get back-to-back starts if he is well enough. Coach is expected to address the media at 6 PM ET, where he may announce if Backstrom is good-to-go. If not, we will have to wait for confirmation during warmups.