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Wild’s Backstrom out with lower-body injury

Oct 8, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

This hasn’t been a good night for goaltenders. The Florida Panthers have lost Tim Thomas to a lower-body injury and now the Minnesota Wild are reporting that netminder Niklas Backstrom is done for the night due to a similar problem.

Backstrom lasted just 11:14 minutes against the Nashville Predators and surrendered two goals on five shots. He sustained the injury when Nashville forward Eric Nystrom crashed into him and seemed to accidentally jam Backstrom’s leg against the post.

You can see that play below:

Josh Harding replaced Backstrom and was unable to stop Nystrom’s penalty shot. Backstrom, 35, is in the first season of his three-year, $10.25 million contract.

  1. 950003cups - Oct 8, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    If I’m a Wild fan, I want this guy out. Always finds himself on the IR and it’s always suspect. He bailed out on the postseason. I called it then, and I’m calling it now.

    Backstrom is a fraud

    • mp1131211 - Oct 8, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      Are you saying you think he’s not really injured? Seems unlikely that a pro athlete would be faking an injury as most of them are in love with the game.

    • lordfletcher - Oct 8, 2013 at 10:53 PM


      Your comments are just as interesting as most Packer fans. blah blah blah troll troll troll. Yawn

  2. 950003cups - Oct 8, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    The video didn’t look THAT bad.

    • mp1131211 - Oct 8, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      Looks like he’s got lateral movement across his knee and hip joint. Looks to me that movement could produce multiple injuries especially if combined with rotation which it looks like he gets a bit of near the end of nystrom’s slide. Anyway, games back on, maybe we’ll get more info as it goes on

  3. vstar1us - Oct 8, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    So when are the Wild going to fire the coach and fire Backstrom

    • mp1131211 - Oct 8, 2013 at 10:05 PM

      It didn’t make sense the first time you said t and it doesn’t make sense the second time when you add a goaltender’s name to it.

    • lordfletcher - Oct 8, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      if they fire Yeo, who do they replace him with?

      Look at what happened in Philly. I can’t imagine Fletcher brings in another coach that isn’t very proven in the NHL.

  4. rebekah319 - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Backstrom is not faking his injury he is limping pretty bad right now… I wish fans would stop saying that tonight. Its getting on my last nerve. Second of all fans need to take a chill pill… I would say more but my head hurts from all the complaining…..its always the same old story with everyone too… nothing is ever good enough!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. getadealdonealready - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    back to back games where he gave up 2 goals in the first few minutes of a game. This team isn’t built to play from behind, and it’s seems like he gives up more first shot goals than any starting goalie in the league. I imagine if he plays he will have a month when he is really hot, but he consistently is not good enough for this team to be considered a contender when he is the #1 goalie.

    • lordfletcher - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:54 PM

      power play goals, how can you blame a goalie? There wasn’t a 5-5 goal scored the entire game.

      I don’t think Backs is a great goalie anymore but plays between the pipes well. there are about 79 games left, lets pump the breaks

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:21 AM

        If your goalie isn’t the best player during the PK, you end up with some serious problems. In the same breath, if you’re only scoring during PPs, you’re gonna have more problems. Only 2 of the Wild’s 7 goals have come at even strength, and they’re sitting at 27th on the PK. I know folks are trying to defend Yeo, and it’s only 3 games in, but if this garbage keeps up, he’s gonna be out before Thanksgiving.

  6. northstarnic - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    This team is a mess. Bring in Laviolette and find a real goalie. Back(up)strom is an overpaid, middling hack anyway.

  7. northstarnic - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Rebekah says: “its always the same old story with everyone too… nothing is ever good enough!!!!!!!!!!!”
    You’re right, it is always the same old story. Koivu is the most underrated player in the league and Backs deserves to be paid like a top goalie in the league. And the Wild can’t score goals. And the Wild are mediocre. But good enough for you, apparently!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. northstarnic - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    People who seriously suggest he was not injured are operating from a position of complete ignorance and making absurd accusations. Nice job.

  9. guitarhunterdude - Oct 9, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    If it’s serious, he should just retire. He’s really looking washed up this year anyway.

  10. vstar1us - Oct 9, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Someone commented that the team was not built to play from behind! Ok, so when are they ever really going to get ahead and stay ahead. As for the Power Play Goals, so it is great when we get one and we say you can’t blame the goal tender when they get one. 3 points 6 shots on goal, common man when made a mistake keeping Backstrom.

  11. joeyashwi - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    They jumped out to a 1-0 lead and then after three stupid penalties were down 3-1. Backstrom wasn’t the problem, taking useless penalties was. Interference for no reason, a blatant lazy trip, and a penalty on a breakaway that wasn’t necessary being that Backs had great position and the cutback move was already blocked off by the defender. Not only was the penalty stupid but it hurt Backstrom in the process. Lazy, undisciplined play cost the Wild, not the goaltending. More of the same under Yeo I’m afraid. Hope for the best from this team but expect the worst.

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