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Fantasy Spotlight: Wild vs. Oilers

by Carly Peters / Minnesota Wild

Fantasy Spotlight: Niklas Backstrom

After Jose Theodore's solid performance in net against the Blues Tuesday night, you could understand why some people might think he'd start tonight against the Oilers. But then, when you look at Niklas Backstrom's record against Edmonton, you understand why Todd Richards confidently said Backs would start against the Oil.

To say Backstrom has Edmonton's number is an understatement. This season, the Finn is 3-0-0 with a 1.67 GAA and a .940 SV%. And his lifetime numbers are even more impressive. Backs is 17-2-1 with a 1.73 GAA, a .935 SV% and four shutouts in 22 starts against the Oilers.

Backstrom is an even better selection for your Fantasy Hockey team when you realize he'll be facing the Oilers on home ice. At home, he is 13-0-0 with a 1.15 GAA, a .955 SV% and four shutouts. That's right, he's never lost and has the longest current home win streak vs. one team by an NHL goaltender according to the Elias Sports Bureau, so add him to your roster now.

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