Michael Russo has covered the National Hockey League since 1995. He has covered the Minnesota Wild for the Star Tribune since 2005, after 10 years of covering the Florida Panthers for the Sun-Sentinel. He uses “Russo’s Rants” to feed a wide-ranging hockey-centric discussion with readers, and can be heard weekly on KFAN (100.3 FM) radio and seen weekly on Fox Sports North.

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Backstrom in goal tonight

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild practice Updated: January 24, 2012 - 1:19 PM

A win tonight by the Wild in Colorado would put it in the top 8 in the West headed into the All-Star Break.

Afternoon from the Mile High City. Quick update:

Niklas Backstrom vs. Jean-Sebastien Giguere tonight. Backstrom is 18-5-2 in 25 starts vs. Colorado with a 2.25 goals against average and .925 save percentage with 3 shutouts.

Backstrom is 7-2-1 in 10 career starts at Colorado with a 2.13 GAA and a .935 SV%. He is 4-1-1 in last six games at Colorado with a 1.71 GAA, .952 SV% and 2 SO. He has allowed 1 goal or fewer in 5 of the last 6 (dating back to 11/6/08).

He has allowed three or more goals in his last 7 starts this season.

The Wild looks to snap an 11-game road winless streak tonight.

Same scratches: Marek Zidlicky, Mike Lundin and Brad Staubitz



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