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Niederreiter's first hat trick helps Wild double up Sabres

  Nino Niederreiter had his first career three-goal game and backup goalie Niklas Backstrom stopped 25 shots on Thursday night as the Minnesota Wild broke out of a scoring slump for a 6-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres to snap a four-game skid. The Wild have been missing leading scorer Zach Parise since Nov. 4. He's out with a concussion and Minnesota scored two goals in three...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Niederreiter scores three as Wild beat Sabres 6-3

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Nino Niederreiter had his first career three-goal game and backup goalie Niklas Backstrom stopped 25 shots on Thursday night as the Minnesota Wild broke out of a scoring slump for a 6-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres to snap a four-game skid. The Wild have been missing leading scorer Zach Parise since Nov. 4. He's out with a concussion and Minnesota scored...
Via Fox Sports North
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Niederreiter scores 3, Wild beat Sabres 6-3

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Nino Niederreiter had his first career three-goal game and backup goalie Niklas Backstrom stopped 25 shots on Thursday night as the Minnesota Wild broke out of a scoring slump for a 6-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres to snap a four-game skid. The Wild have been missing leading scorer Zach Parise since Nov. 4. He's out with a concussion and Minnesota scored...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Griffith pots highlight reel-worthy goal

Next Impulse Sports via Pete BlackburnWhen Seth Griffith flew through the air after beating the Wild’s Niklas Backstrom, the sequence drew comparisons to Bobby Orr’s legendary goal and had us wondering how Griffith would ever top it.In Monday’s game against the New Jersey Devils, Griffith found a new way to impress us. After blocking a shot down in the Bruins defensive zone...
Via BruinsLife
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild: your 2014-15 NHL sleeper?

The NHL season begins tonight and one of the teams that could be poised to take the next step is the Minnesota Wild. There’s obstructions aplenty in the Western Conference; the stronger of the two. Sports Illustrated picked Chicago to win it all. Los Angeles is pick by some to repeat. No team was more aggressive this offseason than Anaheim. St. Louis and Colorado will be very...
Via The Sports Bank
October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild: 5 bold predictions for the 2014-15 season

Thursday night marks the opener of the Minnesota Wild’s 15th and arguably most anticipated season in franchise history. Key additions over the last five or so years have led to hype that can be backed up by legitimate skill players as the team is as deep with talent as it has ever been. There is no doubt that it’s Stanley Cup or bust for the foreseeable future in the State of...
Via isportsweb.com
October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Wilkinson Brutally KO’s Niklas Backstrom At UFC Fight Night 53

Mike Wilkinson stunned the Swedish crowd into silence tonight at UFC Fight Night 53 by brutally knocking out Niklas Backstrom with an overhand right barely a minute into the fight. Round One: Backstrom with a leg kick to start. Wilkinson tries a low spinning kick that misses. He then looks for a takedown, but doesn’t get it. Backstrom with a spinning kick of his own that misses...
Via Fight Of The Night
October 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild situation in the Minnesota crease

#459196061 / gettyimages.com The puck hasn’t even dropped for regular season action and the Minnesota Wild are already in mid-season goalie crisis mode. After last season’s impressive season, the Minnesota Wild were expected to take another step forward and had put faith in the goalie tandem of Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding to lead the team. Minnesota fans learned a tough...
Via Beyond The Benches
September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild coach: Three goalies will compete for starting job

Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo said each of the team’s three goaltenders, Josh Harding, Niklas Backstrom and Darcy Kuemper, will have chance to win the No. 1 job. “I have to say we’re kind of open right now, to be honest with you,” Yeo told Michael Russo of the Star Tribune on Wednesday. “We’re going to have some scrimmages … but we’re going to have to pretty quickly...
Via Sports-Glory
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild News: Three goalies, Two slots, One battle

Niklas Backstrom, Josh Harding and Darcy Kuemper are all each other's best frenemies, again.The 2012-'13 Minnesota Wild had a pretty darn good season, finishing with 43 wins, 98 points and a dramatic first round victory over the Colorado Avalanche in the playoffs before losing in six to Chicago.And they did it all while using five different goalies: Goalie Stats Rk...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild: Questons at the goaltending position

#462660157 / gettyimages.comThe Minnesota Wild's goaltending situation has been a subject of discussion. John Kreiser - NHL.com -- Who's the goalie? -- Niklas Backstrom, Josh Harding, Darcy Kuemper, Ilya Bryzgalov and John Curry (who won his lone late-season start) all had at least one victory in a season of tumult for Minnesota goaltenders . Harding was 18-7-3 with an...
Via Goon's World
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Capitals sign Brooks Orpik, Justin Peters

The Washington Capitals signed defenseman Brooks Orpik to a $27.5 million, five-year contract, and goaltender Justin Peters to a $1.9 million, two-year contract on Tuesday. “We are very excited to welcome Brooks to Washington,” said MacLellan. “We feel Brooks’ leadership and experience will greatly enhance our defense for years to come. Brooks plays tough minutes against...
Via Sports-Glory
July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Wild shopping Niklas Backstrom

The Minnesota Wild are reportedly gauging interest around the NHL in Niklas Backstrom. The Star Tribune states that the Wild may be willing to retain salary cap space in order to move Backstrom, but so far there haven’t been any named or rumored suitors. In May, the Minnesota Wild announced that they’d be parting ways with goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. That same report hinted that...
Via Bloguin Best
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Wild shopping Niklas Backstrom

The Minnesota Wild are reportedly gauging interest around the NHL in Niklas Backstrom. The Star Tribune states that the Wild may be willing to retain salary cap space in order to move Backstrom, but so far there haven’t been any named or rumored suitors. In May, the Minnesota Wild announced that they’d be parting ways with goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. That same report hinted that...
Via Puck Drunk Love
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild: Russo, “Fletcher shopping Brodziak, Backstrom”

#487493453 / gettyimages.comThis is the best news that I have heard all week. Trading goalie Niklas Backstrom would free up need roster and cap space for Darcy Kuemper who emerged as the goalie of the future. During the 2013-14 season, Kuemper had a (12-8-4, .915 SV% and a 2.37 GAA). Michael Russo, Startribune -- Chuck Fletcher has a history of draft-day trades and spent last...
Via Goon's World
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild Injury Update: Josh Harding, Niklas Backstrom, Darcy Kuemper

Minnesota Wild goaltenders Josh Harding, Niklas Backstrom, and Darcy Kuemper should be ready for training camp next season. It will be crucial for all three goalies to be healthy for the Wild due to the injuries the goalies have been through this year according to NBC sports.Harding was stellar in the first part of this years season with 18 wins in the 29 games he played. Unfortunately...
Via Sports Injury Alert
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Ballard undergoes sports hernia surgery; Backstrom, Harding recovering

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- When the Minnesota Wild's season ended in the second round, several players were suffering from the bumps and bruises that go along with a long season and extended playoff run. Charlie Coyle had played through two separated shoulders, among them. Yet, Minnesota came out on the fortunate end when it comes to the annual ritual of post-season cleanup surgeries...
Via Fox Sports North
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Niklas Backstrom Taps Out Tom Niininaki With A Choke At UFC Fight Night 41

Niklas Backstrom upset Tom Niininaki tonight in the opening fight of the main card at UFC Fight Night 41, tapping him out with a choke in the first round. — Round One: Backstrom with a leg kick to start. He doesn’t have time to do much else though a Niinimaki manages to secure an early takedown. ‘Stoneface’ moves into half guard, but Backstrom gets back up. Niinimaki still...
Via Fight Of The Night
May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild have big decisions to make at goaltender

The most amazing part of the Minnesota Wild's late-season charge to the second round of the playoffs is now the biggest offseason priority. Minnesota general manager Chuck Fletcher is embarking on another busy offseason, flush with salary cap space and more important decisions for a team that took another step in its development this past season. Top of mind for Fletcher is the...
Via Fox Sports North
May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild's Niklas Backstrom and Jason Zucker undergo season-ending surgeries

Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher announced Wednesday that goaltender Niklas Backstrom and forward Jason Zucker underwent successful surgeries, per the team's website. Both Backstrom and Zucker will miss the remainder of the season but are expected to be fully recovered in time for the 2014-15 campaign.Backstrom underwent abdominal surgery performed by Dr. William...
Via Sports Injury Alert
March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Backstrom, Zucker undergo surgery for Wild, out for rest of season

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild will officially be without goaltender Niklas Backstrom and forward Jason Zucker as they try to secure a playoff spot for the second straight season. Minnesota announced that Backstrom and Zucker each had surgery on Tuesday and will be out the rest of the season. Both are expected to recover in time for the 2014-15 season. Backstrom, 36, had core...
Via Fox Sports North
March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild likely to ride one goaltender in postseason

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A four-season playoff drought was finally over and the Minnesota Wild were preparing to face the top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks on the road in the first round last year. Goaltender Niklas Backstrom had started 41 of Minnesota's 48 games in the lockout-shortened season and was on the ice for pregame warm-ups in Chicago when he felt something odd. A lower-body...
Via Fox Sports North
March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Niklas Backstrom done, "Breezy" in for Wild

Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom is likely done for the season according to the team's general Manager Chuck Fletcher.The news isn't particularly of the "breaking news" variety, as Backstrom has been struggling with his return from off season sports hernia surgery and has been effective only in brief bursts throughout the season, as qualified by a...
Via Sports Injury Alert
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild shut down Backstrom, likely for rest of season

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher had a tough talk with veteran goaltender Niklas Backstrom this week, knowing the NHL trade deadline is Wednesday afternoon. Backstrom has dealt with injuries all year and has been fighting through a lingering lower-body injury for a couple of months. Rookie goaltender Darcy Kuemper's play had eased the burden on...
Via Fox Sports North
March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild Tuesday: Koivu, Scandella practice with Wild, Backstrom held out

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild learned how to win during January with some of their key players on the shelf. After the two-week Olympic break, Minnesota is hoping to be back at nearly full strength for Thursday's game at Edmonton. Center Mikko Koivu has been practicing with the team after having to skip the Olympics while recovering from ankle surgery and defenseman Marco...
Via Fox Sports North
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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