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Niklas Backstrom has been here before, but it has been a few years since his name was tossed around when the Vezina Trophy was being discussed. It was the 2008-09 season, and Backstrom was coming off back-to-back 30-plus win seasons. He put up tremendous numbers on a team that missed the playoffs and eventually finished second to Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins.The next two years were tough on Backstrom as he went just 48-46-13 combined with a 2.70 GAA and a .907 save percentage. This season, however, it appears the native of Finland is back in top form, and he figures to be in Vezina conversation once again.As the season approaches the halfway point, Backstrom is 11-6-3 with a 2.12 GAA and a .930 save percentage. Both the GAA and save percentage are ranked in the NHLs top 10, and, more important, the Wild have the best record in the league.Minnesota has seen both Josh Harding and Matt Hackett turn in brilliant performances this season in relief of Backstrom, and there does seem to ...
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FRIDAY'S STORY LINE: The injuries keep piling up for the Minnesota Wild. Center Mikko Koivu will not play Saturday against the New York Islanders.
Minnesota's captain, who leads the team with 28 points, was injured during Thursday's loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, and coach Mike Yeo says Koivu is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
"You see him go off the ice...
Captain Mikko Koivu injured himself late in Wednesday night's loss to Chicago.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune, Pierre-Marc Bouchard suffered a broken nose and cut lip Tuesday night when he was driven face-first into the boards by a Winnipeg defenseman. But the Wild winger said he thinks he has avoided what everyone who knows his history fears—a concussion.
Unfortunately for the Wild, Guillaume Latendresse hasn’t.
One game after returning from...
Making a grand return to his home state, former Miami University standout Jarod Palmer is slated to make his National Hockey League debut Saturday as he was called up to the Minnesota Wild, Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher announced Friday.
Mikko Koivu and Pierre-Marc Bouchard are among the key forwards out with injuries, prompting more calls to Houston.
NFL icon wants concussion issue treated more seriously, and uses his video game to make the point
The Minnesota Wild are trying to regroup after back-to-back losses slowed their momentum. Coping with a slew of injuries may pose a major obstacle to getting it back.
The Wild look to withstand the absences of as many as four forwards when they host the struggling New York Islanders on Saturday night.
No team has more points than Minnesota (20-8-4), but the club is on the brink...
The latest is captain Mikko Koivu, who hurt his leg in overtime against Chicago. First word is it isn't serious.
For any of you TV trivia buffs out there, can you give me the name of the theme song to the hit TV show M*A*S*H? No, its not called the M*A*S*H theme song, but one of the most depressing titles in music history; Suicide Is Painless by Johnny Mandel and Mike Altman. The song choice is appropriate for the show that had a strong anti-war message as it plotted the difficult journey...
The fist-place Minnesota Wild will try to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season when they host the lowly New York Islanders for this evening's clash at Xcel Energy Center.