ST. PAUL, Minn. Niklas Backstrom waited five years to get back to the playoffs with the Minnesota Wild.
Now he's just trying to get back on the ice while his team is still playing.
The Wild have returned home facing a 2-0 playoff series deficit to the Chicago Blackhawks, and Backstrom has missed the past two games after suffering a lower-body injury in pregame warm-ups prior to Game 1. Backstrom was on the ice for the team's morning skate before Game 2 but wasn't in the lineup Friday night, and he was back on the ice Saturday a day ahead of Sunday's Game 3.
But Backstrom's status for what seems like a must-win game is unknown.
"It's getting better," he said Saturday. "It's getting there. It's going to take time, but it's something you work on every day. Every morning you wake up, you hope it's better."
Wild coach Mike Yeo said he wouldn't reveal his starting goaltender for Game 3 until "sometime before the game tomorrow."
"He's looked really good every day," Yeo said of Backs...