Wild enter playoffs with more experience, different feeling than last year

Rewind to last April and the Minnesota Wild were left to win at Colorado on the season's final day to earn their first playoff appearance in five years. Minnesota's late qualifier earned it a matchup with the top-seed Chicago Blackhawks. Forward Jason Pominville, the Wild's big trade-deadline acquisition, was dealing with a concussion and unable to play anything but a...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rotation of goalies has helped save Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- In the end of the Minnesota Wild dressing room, two wider-than-normal stalls sit next to each other along one wall, the arrangement and space is dedicated to the team's two goaltenders. The occupants of the two spots have changed often this season. Minnesota faces the Boston Bruins, who lead the NHL with 113 points, on Tuesday night with the chance to clinch...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild's Backstrom, Zucker out for remainder of season

Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom underwent successful core muscle surgery Tuesday in Philadelphia. The Wild said Wednesday that Backstrom is expected to miss the remainder of this season but should be fully recovered for the start of 2014-15. Backstrom went 5-11-2 with an .899 save percentage and 3.02 goals-against average in 21 games. He has not played since Jan. 30....
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22 days ago  |  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...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Backstrom, Zucker have surgeries for Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom and forward Jason Zucker had surgery this week to address injuries that ended their seasons.
23 days ago  |  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...
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23 days ago  |  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...
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24 days ago  |  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...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild adds goalie depth in Bryzgalov; Backstrom shut down

On a day when rumors swirled that future first-ballot Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur or Jaroslav Halak could be Minnesota-bound, the Wild pulled the lever on the simplest available option for goaltending insurance. General Manager Chuck Fletcher, on the day he shut down Niklas Backstrom for the season because of an abdominal injury, sent the fourth-round draft pick the Wild received...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild Rumors: Still looking to address goaltending

The Minnesota Wild did acquire Ilya  Bryzgalov from the Oilers on the day before the trade deadline, but that will not prevent them from continuing their pursuit of Jaroslav Halak from the Buffalo Sabres.With the oft injured Niklas Backstrom out for the remainder of the season, and he is not getting any younger, and the uncertainty of the return of Josh Harding, the Wild must still...
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March 05, 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...
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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...
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February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Will Wild make a play for veteran goalie?

As the Olympic trade freeze is lifted Sunday night and the NHL’s March 5 trade deadline fast approaches, the elephant in the Wild’s room revolves around its always blurry goaltending situation. Josh Harding remains out indefinitely. Veteran Niklas Backstrom is 5-11-2 with a 3.02 goals-against average. He hasn’t made a start since Jan. 11. And while the company line is the...
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February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Olympic Injuries An Issue

Niklas Backstrom will miss the gold medal game on Sunday because of a migraine. While a migraine may or may not have an impact on his play when he returns to the NHL in a couple of days, plenty of … Continue reading →The post Olympic Injuries An Issue appeared first on Committed Indians.
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February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Zach Parise returns for Minnesota

Minnesota Wild alternate captain Zach Parise will play for the first time in 14 games on Thursday night against the Chicago Blackhawks. Parise has been out with a foot injury since Dec. 22. Parise says he’s feeling good: we’re going to give it a shot tonight. #mnwild — Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) January 23, 2014 Parise, 29, has 15 goals and 12 assists in 37 games this season...
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January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Backstrom, Harding still on shelf for Wild

To say that the Minnesota Wild are having goalie issues right now would be an understatement.Netminder Niklas Backstrom revealed last week that he played a month of last season with a torn core muscle in his groin, a malady that he believes is the impetus for his latest bout with abdominal stiffness that has him on the shelf for the foreseeable future.Backstrom hasn't played...
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January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild missing Niklas Backstrom, Josh Harding from practice

The Minnesota Wild approached Monday's practice with three goaltenders on the ice, as they've had for much of the past week. Only Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding weren't part of the trio. Minnesota called in a pair of practice goaltenders to complement Darcy Kuemper on Monday. Kuemper will make his fifth straight start for the Wild while the team sorts through injury...
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January 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild missing Niklas Backstrom, Josh Harding from practice

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild approached Monday's practice with three goaltenders on the ice, as they've had for much of the past week. Only Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding weren't part of the trio. Minnesota called in a pair of practice goaltenders to complement Darcy Kuemper on Monday. Kuemper will make his fifth straight start for the Wild while the team...
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January 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Backstrom, Fontaine spark suddenly surging Wild

Chuck Fletcher is trying hard to make a trade to help his depleted roster. That was clear the past two days when the Wild general manager was rarely seen in the team hotel’s courtyard without his cell phone to his ear and depth charts at his side. The Wild is without veterans Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise, defenseman Jared Spurgeon and goalie Josh Harding. Fletcher’s biggest...
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January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Coyotes overtaken late by red-hot Wild

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Justin Fontaine scored three goals, Niklas Backstrom stopped 39 shots and the Minnesota Wild won their fourth straight game by beating the Phoenix Coyotes 4-1 on Thursday night. Fontaine scored late in the first period, gave the Wild a two-goal lead on a power play in the third and closed out his first career hat trick with an empty-net goal. Kyle Brodziak...
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January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild’s Mikko Koivu undergoes ankle surgery, out four weeks

The Minnesota Wild announced Monday that captain Mikko Koivu underwent successful ankle surgery this morning and is expected to make a full recovery and return to play in approximately four weeks. The captain was placed on Injured Reserve Monday. He currently leads the team in points with 35 (8-27=35) through 44 games this season. Koivu suffered the broken ankle in Saturday night’s...
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January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild get back to defensive style to snap six-game losing streak

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The music could be heard outside the Minnesota Wild locker room for the first time in two weeks. The smiles on the faces spoke to the relief Thursday night's 4-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres provided. For one night, Minnesota could feel good. Jason Pominville scored against his former team for the second straight game. Kyle Brodziak snapped a 30-game goal...
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January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Chris Kreider scores on Wild goalie Backstrom

I was watching this game last night and I had to stop watching it, I ended up watching the World of Outlaws World Finals. Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom was brutal, nothing short of horrible. Especially on this goal by Chris Kreider. I mean seriously, this is a very weak goal. I would expect a goalie of Backstrom skill set to stop this. This is a shot that Kreider completely...
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December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Chris Kreider Whiffs Puck, Scores Softest Goal of Year Through Niklas Backstrom’s Legs (GIF)

We have a new nominee for worst goal of the year. Chris Kreider and the Rangers downed the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Sunday, in part because Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom played like a block of Swiss cheese. The Rangers were up 3-1 in the third period when Backstrom was five-holed by an extremely slow shot by Kreider. Calling it a “shot” almost seems too generous. Kreider completely...
December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Josh Harding blanks Flyers, sets career high in wins

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Niklas Backstrom returned to the Minnesota Wild this offseason, re-signing with the only NHL team he's known for three years to provide stability at the goaltender position. Josh Harding was the semi-unknown at the position. Harding missed most of last season to deal with multiple sclerosis and worked during the offseason to be ready for Minnesota in 2013...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

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