Backstrom helping Wild to strong start

Minnesota (6-0-1) at Dallas (3-4-2) 8:30 p.m. EDT

DALLAS (Ticker) — Niklas Backstrom has been the key to the
Minnesota Wild’s hot start.

Backstrom and the Wild try to remain the only team in the NHL
without a regulation loss on Wednesday when they visit the
Dallas Stars.

The 30-year-old goaltender has started every game for Minnesota
this season, helping the team earn at least one point in each of
its seven contests. He ranks third in the league with a 1.98
goals-against average and has a .932 save percentage – fourth
best in the NHL.

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The Finnish netminder made 34 saves for the Wild, including 18
in the second period alone, and Mikko Koivu notched three
assists as Minnesota claimed a 3-2 triumph over the Chicago
Blackhawks on Monday.

Backstrom will have to be at his best against the Stars, who
have not been short on offense over their last two games,
scoring five goals in each contest.

After forging a two-goal victory against the New York Islanders
on Thursday, Dallas dropped a 6-5 overtime decision to the
Washington Capitals on Saturday.