Tonight former Minnesota Wild star goalie Niklas Backstrom will make his first start in 14 months for the Calgary Flames against the Montreal Canadiens.
Backstrom was traded to the Calgary at the NHL trade deadline in exchange for F David Jones and a 2016 6th round pick in the NHL Entry draft.
Backstrom, 38, hasn’t started since January 13, 2015 where he allowed 6 goals on 35 shots against in a losing effort to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Backstrom has definetly shown that he is a starting NHL goalies but with a combination of injuries and being 38 years old, it raises the question as to wether or not he is still at a high skill level. However, Backstrom is ready:
“To even just play that game, I think it’s going to make all the hours you put in, it’s going to make all the sacrifices you made…It’s going to be worth it.” -Niklas Backstrom on starting against the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday
In his career Backstrom has played in 409 games with a record of 194-142-50 with a .915% save percentage and a 2.48 goals against average.
It will be interesting to see Backstrom finally play in the NHL again, and can he prove that his time in the NHL isn’t done yet.