Numbers Game: Niklas Backstrom
The 2010-2011 version of the Wild is starting to round into form after the NHL Draft and more than a week of free agency. With some changes made, let's take a look at some of the numbers by players that will likely be a part of Year X. Today, we look at the Wild's all-time leader in wins: Niklas Backstrom.
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54.9% . . In his 222 NHL starts, Backstrom has allowed two goals or less more than half the time. He has allowed three goals or less 83.3% of the time.
8-3-4. . . The stopper's record against Eastern Conference teams in 2009-10.
3. . . The number of wins Backstrom recorded against the Calgary Flames last year. He had beaten the Flames five times total over the previous three seasons.
.632. . . Backstrom's save percentage during shootouts last season - his second best output in four years. In 2008-09, Backstrom owned a .762 save percentage in shootouts.
1-0-0. . . Backstrom's record in the 2010 Olympics, after making one start (a 5-0 shutout of Germany), and one relief appearance (two goals against in a 6-0 semifinal loss to the U.S.).