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Backlund, Mikael #11 (C)  - Calgary Flames - 2018 Playoffs
Height: 6'1''
Weight: 199 lbs.
Shoots: left
Born on: March 17, 1989
Age: 29
Birthplace: Vasteras, Sweden
Salary: $3.575M
Cap Hit: $3.575M
NHL.com: Go
Draft Round: 1
Draft Pick: 24
Draft Year: 2007
Rookie Year: 2010
Draft Team: CGY

Statistics - 2018 Playoffs

GP GM G A Pts +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SHA GWG S Hits Blks SPCT P/G
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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April 7, 2018 Mikael Backlund had an assist in 16:53 of ice time in the Flames' 7-1 win over the Golden Knights on Saturday. He took three shots and had a plus-minus of +2 for the game. Backlund now has 31 assists on the season. None
April 5, 2018 Mikael Backlund had an assist in 17:59 of ice time in the Flames' 2-1 loss to the Jets on Thursday. He took five shots and had a plus-minus of even for the game. Backlund now has 30 assists on the season. None
April 3, 2018 Mikael Backlund had 17:11 of ice time in the Flames' 4-1 loss to the Coyotes on Tuesday. He took five shots and had a plus-minus of -3 for the game. None
March 31, 2018 Mikael Backlund tallied one goal and one assist in 21:44 of ice time in the Flames' 3-2 win over the Oilers on Saturday. He took three shots and had a plus-minus of +1 for the game. Backlund now has 14 goals and 29 assists on the season. None
March 29, 2018 Mikael Backlund had 16:18 of ice time in the Flames' 5-1 loss to the Blue Jackets on Thursday. He took one shot and had a plus-minus of -1 for the game. None
March 26, 2018 Mikael Backlund had 19:07 of ice time in the Flames' 3-0 loss to the Kings on Monday. He took one shot and had a plus-minus of even for the game. None
March 24, 2018 Mikael Backlund had 16:58 of ice time in the Flames' 5-1 loss to the Sharks on Saturday. He took two shots and had a plus-minus of -3 for the game. None
March 21, 2018 Mikael Backlund had 16:12 of ice time in the Flames' 4-0 loss to the Ducks on Wednesday. He took four shots and had a plus-minus of -1 for the game. None
March 19, 2018 Mikael Backlund had 18:49 of ice time in the Flames' 5-2 loss to the Coyotes on Monday. He took six shots and had a plus-minus of -2 for the game. None
March 18, 2018 Mikael Backlund had 16:55 of ice time in the Flames' 4-0 loss to the Golden Knights on Sunday. He took four shots and had a plus-minus of even for the game. None
March 16, 2018 Mikael Backlund had 19:12 of ice time in the Flames' 7-4 loss to the Sharks on Friday. He took two shots and had a plus-minus of -3 for the game. None
March 13, 2018 Mikael Backlund had 20:34 of ice time in the Flames' 1-0 win over the Oilers on Tuesday. He took three shots and had a plus-minus of even for the game. None
March 11, 2018 Mikael Backlund had 19:39 of ice time in the Flames' 5-2 loss to the Islanders on Sunday. He took two shots and had a plus-minus of -1 for the game. None
March 9, 2018 Mikael Backlund had 20:27 of ice time in the Flames' 2-1 win over the Senators on Friday. He took three shots and had a plus-minus of even for the game. None
March 7, 2018 Mikael Backlund had 18:01 of ice time in the Flames' 5-1 win over the Sabres on Wednesday. He took four shots and had a plus-minus of even for the game. None
March 5, 2018 Mikael Backlund scored one goal in 17:40 of ice time in the Flames' 4-3 overtime loss to the Penguins on Monday. He took four shots and had a plus-minus of even for the game. Backlund now has 13 goals on the season. None
March 2, 2018 Mikael Backlund had 20:12 of ice time in the Flames' 3-1 loss to the Rangers on Friday. He took two shots and had a plus-minus of even for the game. None
Feb. 28, 2018 Mikael Backlund tallied one goal and one assist in 23:58 of ice time in the Flames' 5-2 loss to the Avalanche on Wednesday. He took three shots and had a plus-minus of +1 for the game. Backlund now has 12 goals and 28 assists on the season. None
Feb. 27, 2018 Mikael Backlund had 19:09 of ice time in the Flames' 2-0 loss to the Stars on Tuesday. He didn't take a shot and had a plus-minus of even for the game. None
Feb. 24, 2018 Mikael Backlund tallied one goal and two assists in 16:11 of ice time in the Flames' 5-1 win over the Avalanche on Saturday. He took three shots and had a plus-minus of +1 for the game. Backlund now has 11 goals and 27 assists on the season. None
Feb. 22, 2018 Mikael Backlund had 19:04 of ice time in the Flames' 5-2 win over the Coyotes on Thursday. He took three shots and had a plus-minus of even for the game. None
Feb. 21, 2018 Mikael Backlund had an assist in 16:35 of ice time in the Flames' 7-3 loss to the Golden Knights on Wednesday. He took five shots and had a plus-minus of even for the game. Backlund now has 25 assists on the season. None
Feb. 19, 2018 Mikael Backlund had 19:50 of ice time in the Flames' 2-1 overtime loss to the Bruins on Monday. He took two shots and had a plus-minus of -1 for the game. None
Feb. 17, 2018 Mikael Backlund had 17:16 of ice time in the Flames' 6-3 loss to the Panthers on Saturday. He took four shots and had a plus-minus of -1 for the game. None
Feb. 15, 2018 Mikael Backlund had 20:19 of ice time in the Flames' 4-3 win over the Predators on Thursday. He didn't take a shot and had a plus-minus of -1 for the game. None
Feb. 13, 2018 Mikael Backlund had 16:31 of ice time in the Flames' 5-2 loss to the Bruins on Tuesday. He took one shot and had a plus-minus of -3 for the game. None
Feb. 11, 2018 Mikael Backlund had 19:30 of ice time in the Flames' 3-2 win over the Islanders on Sunday. He took three shots and had a plus-minus of +2 for the game. None
Feb. 9, 2018 Mikael Backlund had 19:27 of ice time in the Flames' 4-3 loss to the Rangers on Friday. He took seven shots and had a plus-minus of -1 for the game. None
Feb. 8, 2018 Mikael Backlund had 18:21 of ice time in the Flames' 3-2 win over the Devils on Thursday. He took two shots and had a plus-minus of even for the game. None
Feb. 6, 2018 Mikael Backlund had 19:22 of ice time in the Flames' 3-2 win over the Blackhawks on Tuesday. He took three shots and had a plus-minus of even for the game. None
Feb. 3, 2018 Mikael Backlund had an assist in 18:46 of ice time in the Flames' 4-3 overtime win over the Blackhawks on Saturday. He took seven shots and had a plus-minus of even for the game. Backlund now has 24 assists on the season. None
Feb. 1, 2018 Mikael Backlund tallied one goal and one assist in 18:11 of ice time in the Flames' 7-4 loss to the Lightning on Thursday. He took two shots and had a plus-minus of even for the game. Backlund now has 10 goals and 23 assists on the season. None
Jan. 30, 2018 Mikael Backlund had 20:02 of ice time in the Flames' 4-2 loss to the Golden Knights on Tuesday. He took four shots and had a plus-minus of -1 for the game. None
Jan. 26, 2018 Mikael Backlund had two assists in 22:16 of ice time in the Flames' 4-3 shootout loss to the Oilers on Thursday. He took three shots and had a plus-minus of +1 for the game. Backlund now has 22 assists on the season. This snapped a three-game point drought for Backlund.
Jan. 25, 2018 Mikael Backlund had 19:11 of ice time in the Flames' 2-1 overtime loss to the Kings on Wednesday. He took one shot and had a plus-minus of -1 for the game. None
Jan. 23, 2018 Mikael Backlund had 19:54 of ice time in the Flames' 2-1 overtime loss to the Sabres on Monday. He took four shots and had a plus-minus of -1 for the game. None
Jan. 20, 2018 Mikael Backlund had 18:06 of ice time in the Flames' 2-1 shootout loss to the Jets on Saturday. He didn't take a shot and had a plus-minus of +1 for the game. None
Jan. 14, 2018 Mikael Backlund had an assist in 19:09 of ice time in the Flames' 4-1 win over the Hurricanes on Sunday. He took three shots and had a plus-minus of 1 for the game. Backlund now has 20 assists on the season. None
Jan. 12, 2018 Mikael Backlund tallied one goal and two assists in 18:59 of ice time in the Flames' 4-2 win over the Panthers on Friday. He took three shots and had a plus-minus of 2 for the game. Backlund now has nine goals and 19 assists on the season. Backlund set a season high with three points and has two goals and seven assists in his last 10 games.
Jan. 11, 2018 Mikael Backlund had 18:47 of ice time in the Flames' 5-1 win over the Lightning on Thursday. He took two shots and had a plus-minus of 1 for the game. None
Jan. 10, 2018 Mikael Backlund had 21:42 of ice time in the Flames' 3-2 overtime win over the Wild on Tuesday. He took two shots and had a plus-minus of -1 for the game. None
Jan. 7, 2018 Mikael Backlund had an assist in 22:28 of ice time in the Flames' 3-2 win over the Ducks on Saturday. He took one shot and had a plus-minus of -1 for the game. Backlund now has 17 assists on the season. None
Jan. 5, 2018 Mikael Backlund had 21:11 of ice time in the Flames' 4-3 win over the Kings on Thursday. He took two shots and had a plus-minus of -2 for the game. None
Jan. 1, 2018 Mikael Backlund had two assists in 20:07 of ice time in the Flames' 4-3 overtime win over the Blackhawks on Sunday. He took one shot and had a plus-minus of -1 for the game. Backlund now has 16 assists on the season. Backlund, who played in his 500th career game, has a goal and four assists in his last five contests.
Dec. 30, 2017 Mikael Backlund had 20:53 of ice time in the Flames' 2-1 loss to the Ducks on Friday. He took one shot and had a plus-minus of even for the game. None
Dec. 29, 2017 Mikael Backlund scored one goal in 20:18 of ice time in the Flames' 3-2 shootout loss to the Sharks on Thursday. He took five shots and had a plus-minus of even for the game. Backlund now has eight goals on the season. None
Dec. 23, 2017 Mikael Backlund had an assist in 19:58 of ice time in the Flames' 3-2 loss to the Canadiens on Friday. He took four shots and had a plus-minus of -1 for the game. Backlund now has 14 assists on the season. None
Dec. 1, 2017 Backlund scored his seventh goal of the season Thursday and finished at a plus-1. Backlund has scored three goals in his last six games following a nine-game drought.
Nov. 26, 2017 Backlund had a goal, the 100th of his career, with an assist Saturday. He has two goals with eight assists over a 10-game stretch.
Nov. 20, 2017 Backlund had a goal and an assist Monday in Washington. Backlund has played well lately with eight points in the last seven games.
Oct. 26, 2017 Backlund scored twice for the Flames in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Blues. It was Backlund's first goals since Oct. 9. He has four goals and two assists on the season.
Oct. 10, 2017 Backlund scored Monday. He has a goal in back-to-back games.
April 16, 2017 Backlund had a short-handed goal for the Flames in Saturday's 3-2 loss at Anaheim in Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals. Backlund, who posted career highs of 23 goals and 54 points during the regular season, was kept off the stat sheet in Thursday's opener but has a point in four of his last five games overall.
April 5, 2017 Backlund had a goal along with 12 penalty minutes, including a game misconduct, in Tuesday's loss at Anaheim. Backlund halted an 11-game goal drought by scoring his 22nd of the season, surpassing his career high from last season.
March 4, 2017 Backlund continues to get it done all over the ice for the Calgary Flames. Backlund scored in overtime after Detroit's Tomas Tatar tied it with 1.8 seconds left in the third period, and Calgary beat the Red Wings 3-2 on Friday night for its sixth straight win. Backlund blasted a shot past Petr Mrazek 3:56 into the extra session. Relied upon primarily for his defensive play, Backlund has 20 goals this season, helping the Flames pull six points ahead of Los Angeles and seven up on St. Louis for the first wild card in the Western Conference.
Feb. 25, 2017 Backlund scored for a third consecutive game Friday. With four goals in the past three games, Backlund is at 19 for the season and within two of a career high.
Feb. 24, 2017 Backlund recorded a goal and an assist in Thursday's win in Tampa. Backlund, who scored twice two nights earlier in Nashville, has nine points in seven road games since the All-Star break. The Flames have two games left on a five-game trip.
Feb. 22, 2017 Backlund scored twice and the Flames edged the Nashville Predators 6-5 on Tuesday night in a crucial game between teams holding the Western Conference's wild cards. That's three goals and four assists for Backlund in his last seven games.
Feb. 5, 2017 Backlund had two assists Sunday. His 22 assists are four shy of matching his career high set last season.
Feb. 4, 2017 Backlund netted the winner 1:13 into overtime and the Flames beat New Jersey 4-3 on Friday night to send the Devils to their seventh straight loss at home. Backlund hadn't scored since netting two against Florida on Jan. 17. It was his first goal on the road since Dec. 27.
Jan. 18, 2017 Backlund scored two goals - one on the power play - 13 seconds apart and added an assist in Tuesday's win over the Panthers. Backlund's 16 points since Dec. 23 are tied for the most in the NHL.
Jan. 7, 2017 Backlund saw his five-game goal streak come to an end Friday, but he had two assists to extend his point streak. Over those six games, Backlund has six goals and five assists.
Jan. 5, 2017 Backlund scored for the fifth consecutive game, leading the Calgary Flames to a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Wednesday night. He has six goals and nine points during that five-game stretch.
Jan. 1, 2017 Backlund stayed hot by scoring his 11th goal of the season and the Flames beat the Coyotes 4-2 on Saturday night. Backlund has scored in four straight games with six goals and three assists over that span. The Flames next play the Avalanche on Wednesday, and Backlund had two goals and an assist at Colorado last Tuesday.
Dec. 28, 2016 Backlund scored two of Calgary's four goals in the second period and also had an assist, and the Flames beat the Avalanche 6-3 on Tuesday night. Backlund had a goal and two assists in Calgary's previous game and has now recorded five goals and five assists in the Flames' last four wins.
Dec. 24, 2016 Backlund had a goal and two assists in Friday's 4-1 win over the Canucks. Backlund has six goals and six assists in his last 17 games.
Dec. 11, 2016 Dougie Hamilton, Sam Bennett, Backlund, Lance Bouma and Sean Monahan scored Saturday for the Flames (16-13-2), who moved into top spot in the Pacific Divison. Joining Hamilton with three points was Backlund, who added two assists and rookie Matthew Tkachuk who contributed three assists. Backhand has two goals and three assists in his last three home games.
Nov. 21, 2016 Backlund scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:46 left in the third period to give Calgary a 3-2 victory over the slumping Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night. Backlund has only eight points and no real fantasy value at the moment.
Oct. 31, 2016 Backlund scored his first goal of the season Sunday. He has five assists but no fantasy value.
Oct. 13, 2016 Backlund registered a pair of assists in Wednesday's season-opening loss at Edmonton. Coming off a season in which he recorded career highs of 21 goals and 47 assists, Backlund got his 2016-17 campaign off to a promising start. As Calgary's third-line center, he still isn't in a great position to produce consistent fantasy numbers.
Sept. 30, 2016 Backlund is dealing with a concussion. Backlund was back practicing with the Flames and should be ready for the start of the regular season.
April 3, 2016 Backlund had two goals and an assist on Saturday. It snapped his eight-game point drought.
March 12, 2016 Backlund had a goal Friday. He has four goals in five games.
March 10, 2016 Backlund stayed hot with a goal in Wednesday's win over Nashville. The center now has three goals and an assist over a four-game stretch. Nine of Backlund's 14 goals have come in 17 games since Feb. 6.
March 6, 2016 Backlund scored in a second straight game and added an assist in Saturday's win at Pittsburgh. Backlund has picked up his production over the past month, as eight of his 13 goals have come over a 13-game stretch since Feb. 6.
Feb. 20, 2016 Backlund had one goal and one assist Friday. Backlund has seven points in his last seven games.
Feb. 7, 2016 Backlund had a goal with an assist Saturday. This snapped a five-game point streak.
Jan. 12, 2016 Backlund had two assists Monday. He had one point in the previous five games.
Nov. 8, 2015 Backlund had three assists Saturday night. Backlund has five points in his last two games after having one all season in an astounding fantasy development.
Oct. 17, 2015 Backlund scored Friday. This was his first goal of the season.
June 20, 2015 Backlund has been signed to a multiyear contract with the Flames. Terms of the deal announced Saturday were not disclosed. Backlund scored 10 goals and 27 points in 52 regular-season games last season after missing 30 games because of injury. In 11 playoff contests, the 26-year-old native of Sweden had one goal and one assist - with his lone goal in overtime against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 3 of the first round.
Oct. 30, 2014 Backlund returned to action Wednesday, finishing with a goal and an assist. Backlund has been dealing with an abdominal injury since training camp.
March 13, 2014 Backlund finished with two goals and one assist in a 7-2 win over Anaheim on Wednesday. Backlund snapped an eight-game goal-scoring drought. He has an assist in each of the last two games.
Feb. 7, 2014 Backlund continued his scoring binge with a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday night. The Calgary center has six goals and four assists in his last six games.
Feb. 2, 2014 Backlund scored twice for the second time in three games in Saturday's overtime victory over Minnesota. Backlund has five goals and three assists during a three-game point streak. He had been without a point in his previous four contests.
Jan. 31, 2014 Backlund had his third straight two-point contest with two assists in Thursday's victory over San Jose. Backlund has three goals and three assists in his last three games after going without a point in the previous four contests.
Jan. 29, 2014 Backlund scored twice Tuesday for the Flames (19-27-7), who have won three straight games for the first time this season. He has three goals in two games.
Jan. 14, 2014 Backlund scored Monday against the Hurricanes. He has two goals in as many games.
Nov. 9, 2013 Backlund had two assists in Friday's loss. This snapped an eight-game drought without a point.
July 10, 2013 The Calgary Flames have signed Backlund to a two-year, $3 million contract. Backlund, a first-round pick by Calgary in the 2007 draft, played 32 games with the Flames last season. He had eight goals and eight assists but struggled with injuries. Backlund missed four weeks with a sprained knee ligament and sustained a foot fracture near the end of the season. In 170 career NHL games with the Flames, Backlund has 23 goals and 39 assists.
April 12, 2013 Backlund had two assists as the Calgary Flames snapped a three-game home losing streak with a 3-2 OT victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday night. Backlund's last two-point game was in January 2012.
Feb. 8, 2013 The Calgary Flames activated center Mikael Backlund from injured reserve on Saturday and sent left wing Sven Baertschi to Abbotsford of the American Hockey League to make room on the roster. Backlund was out more than four weeks with a Grade 2 medial collateral ligament sprain suffered Feb. 7 against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The 23-year-old has three goals, an assist and a minus-1 rating in eight games with the Flames.
Feb. 13, 2012 The Calgary Herald is reporting that Backlund has an upper-body injury. Backlund will reportedly miss at least a month so stay tuned.
Jan. 11, 2012 Backlund had two assists Tuesday in a 6-3 home win over New Jersey. Backlund had two points in a game for the first time all season.
Dec. 4, 2011 Backlund scored the go-ahead goal in a 5-3 win over Edmonton on Saturday night. It was the first goal for Backlund in 11 games this season. He had posted a career-best 10 along with 15 assists in 2010-11.
Oct. 5, 2011 Backlund will miss up to six weeks of the season with a finger injury. The Flames said the 22-year-old forward required surgery on his finger and will sit out the opening weeks of the season. He was being considered as a possible first-line center between captain Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay.
Date Injury Return Date Status Details
Sept. 29, 2016 Concussion None Day-to-Day Backlund is dealing with a concussion.
Oct. 30, 2014 Abdomen None Injured Reserve Backlund returned to action Wednesday, finishing with a goal and an assist.
March 16, 2013 Lower-body injury None Day-to-Day The Calgary Flames activated center Mikael Backlund from injured reserve on Saturday and sent left wing Sven Baertschi to Abbotsford of the American Hockey League to make room on the roster.
Feb. 8, 2013 Sprained MCL None Injured Reserve The Calgary Flames activated center Mikael Backlund from injured reserve on Saturday and sent left wing Sven Baertschi to Abbotsford of the American Hockey League to make room on the roster.
Feb. 12, 2012 Shoulder None Injured Reserve The Calgary Herald is reporting that Backlund has an upper-body injury.
Oct. 4, 2011 Broken finger None Injured Reserve Backlund will miss up to six weeks of the season with a finger injury.

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2018-04-25 analysis The Swedish pivot was looking to extend his streak of 20-plus goals in a season to three, but came up well short despite shooting the puck more than he ever has in a 10-season career. As a result, his 6.5 shooting percentage was his lowest since he played 23 games as a 20-year-old in 2009-10. Having said all that, what might be most alarming about Backlund's 2017-18 campaign was his huge negative
2018-04-25 update Backlund matched his career best of 31 assists in a season in 2017-18, but only scored 14 goals and finished with a minus-21 rating.
2018-03-13 analysis Backlund skipped Monday's practice session due to the undisclosed issue, but it won't prevent him from taking his usual spot in the lineup for Tuesday's game. His linemates will be slightly different with Matthew Tkachuk (upper body) unavailable Tuesday, however, with Sam Bennett slotted to move into his spot.
2018-03-13 update Backlund (undisclosed) will dress for Tuesday's game against the Oilers, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
2018-03-13 injury_note Backlund sat out Monday's practice with an undisclosed injury and his status for Tuesday's contest against Edmonton is in question, <a href="https://twitter.com/Fan960Steinberg/status/973242101390430208">Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan</a> reports.
2018-03-13 Injury Status Day-To-Day
2018-03-13 Injury Text Undisclosed
2018-03-13 Date Injured 2018-03-12
2018-03-13 Injured Yes No
2018-03-13 injury_note Backlund sat out Monday's practice with an undisclosed ailment and his status for Tuesday's contest against Edmonton is in question, <a href="https://twitter.com/Fan960Steinberg/status/973242101390430208">Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan</a> reports. Backlund sat out Monday's practice with an undisclosed injury and his status for Tuesday's contest against Edmonton is in question, <a href="https://twitter.com/Fan960Steinberg/status/973242101390430208">Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan</a> reports.
2018-03-12 analysis There's no indication as to when Backlund sustained the injury or its severity, though head coach Glen Gulutzan said he would provide an update on the Swedish pivot Tuesday. Whether or not Backlund -- who has 13 goals and 41 points in 70 games -- is able to participate in Tuesday's morning skate will be a good indicator of his game-readiness for later in the day.
2018-03-12 update Backlund sat out Monday's practice with an undisclosed ailment and his status for Tuesday's contest against Edmonton is in question, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
2018-03-12 injury_note Backlund sat out Monday's practice with an undisclosed ailment and his status for Tuesday's contest against Edmonton is in question, <a href="https://twitter.com/Fan960Steinberg/status/973242101390430208">Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan</a> reports.
2018-03-12 Injury Status Day-To-Day
2018-03-12 Injury Text Undisclosed
2018-03-12 Date Injured 2018-03-12
2018-03-12 Injured No Yes
2018-03-01 analysis The Flames looked like they were in control of the game after Backlund's strong start, but they collapsed as the game progressed and let one get away. Backlund has now scored seven points in three games against the Avalanche this year, but unfortunately for him, the Flames will not play Colorado again this season.
2018-03-01 update Backlund had his team's first goal and an assist Wednesday in a 5-2 loss to Colorado.
2018-02-24 analysis It was Backlund's second three-point game this season. His 38 points in 63 games pale in comparison to his 53 last season. And his 11 goals are half of his total from 2016-17. Backlund is a serviceable fantasy asset in deep formats, but there are plenty of other centers in the pool who can deliver more consistent results. He had just a single point in his previous 10 games.
2018-02-24 update Backlund delivered a big, three-point game Saturday in a 5-1 win over Colorado. He scored a goal and added two assists.
2018-02-16 analysis Backlund's newest extension could make him a career Flame. He's spent all of his professional career in the organization since he was selected 24th overall by Calgary in the 2007 NHL draft. The 28-year-old pivot is on track for another serviceable campaign in 2017-18, owning 34 points (10 goals, 24 assists) through 58 games, earning him a future with a pay bump and security.
2018-02-16 update Backlund signed a six-year contract extension with the Flames on Friday that will net him $5.35 million annually.
2018-01-26 analysis Backlund's season of steady production continues, as the second-line center now has nine goals and 31 points through 49 contests. His current role on the first power-play unit definitely raises his fantasy value, while his 54 PIM are already a career high. Backlund has plenty to offer in most fantasy settings and his consistent offensive production makes him worth rolling out on a nightly basis.
2018-01-26 update Backlund had two assists in 22:26 of ice time in Thursday's shootout loss to the Oilers.
2018-01-12 analysis The strong showing improves Backlund to nine goals and 19 assists for the campaign, and he's now closing in on last season's 53-point pace. He's probably still more of a supporting piece than must-start option in most fantasy settings, but there's potential for a strong second half, especially since he's been skating with the No. 1 power-play unit of late.
2018-01-12 update Backlund recorded a goal and two assists -- one on the power play -- during Friday's 4-2 win over Florida.
2017-12-18 analysis The veteran center has just two assists through nine December games and only seven goals and 19 points for the season. He'll need to pick up his scoring in order to approach last year's 22-goal, 53-point showing. Additionally, with the underwhelming offensive numbers, Backlund's value has taken a hit to start 2017-18. He's definitely not a go-to asset in most settings, and especially with center b
2017-12-18 update Backlund failed to register a point for the fourth consecutive game during Sunday's 6-1 win over Vancouver.
2017-11-26 analysis With six goals and 10 assists through 23 games this season, Backlund's on pace to eclipse his 53 points from 2016-17. As an added bonus, the Swede is averaging 2:11 on the man advantage. He remains a solid but unspectacular No. 2 or 3 fantasy forward in season-long formats.
2017-11-26 update Backlund potted a goal to supplement a power-play assist in Saturday's 3-2 road win over the Avalanche.
2017-11-10 analysis The second-line center is now riding a three-game point streak and is up to four goals and 10 points in 16 games. Backlund is known for being a streaky scorer, but he potted a career-high 22 goals last season and is off to another solid start this time around. He's become a fairly reliable fantasy option and his top-six role and power-play time make him valuable in most leagues.
2017-11-10 update Backlund contributed a pair of helpers in Thursday's win over the Red Wings.
2017-10-26 analysis Backlund's enjoying the trip through the Central Division, as he's now posted three points in games against Nashville and St. Louis after going four straight games without a point. He'll have one more Central opponent to try to keep this outburst going when the Flames face Dallas, and a third straight showing on the scoresheet could be a sign that this is a turning point for him.
2017-10-26 update Backlund had both goals in his team's 5-2 Wednesday loss to St. Louis.
2017-10-20 analysis Following a breakout, 53-point showing in 2016-17, Backlund has struggled to duplicate last season's success with just two goals and three points through the first seven games this year. The center is a key cog for the Flames and is usually matched up against the opponent's best scorers, so his role isn't ideal for fantasy purposes. Still, with an average of 18:47 of ice time per game (including 2
2017-10-20 update Backlund failed to register a point for the third consecutive game during Thursday's 2-1 loss to Carolina.
2017-09-14 analysis Fantasy owners should be eager to get a glimpse of Backlund after he posted career highs across the board offensively last season; we're talking about 22 goals, 31 helpers and 16 points on the man advantage. The Swede skipped the 2017 IIHF World Championship due to his most recent ailment, but the condition evidently wasn't too serious, and now he appears ready to roll into the 2017-18 season.
2017-09-14 update Backlund (back) is listed on the Flames' training camp roster, suggesting that he's recovered from his injury.
2017-09-14 injury_note Backlund will not play with Team Sweden at the 2017 IIHF World Championship due to recurring back pain, <a href="https://twitter.com/RogMillions/status/855486276404826112">Roger Millions of Sportsnet</a> reports.
2017-09-14 Injury Status Out
2017-09-14 Injury Text Back
2017-09-14 Date Injured 2017-04-21
2017-09-14 Injured Yes No
2017-09-01 Salary Cap Hit $0.000M $3.575M
2017-09-01 Salary $0.000M $3.575M
2017-09-01 Pickable No Yes
2017-08-15 injury_note Backlund will not play with Team Sweden at the 2017 IIHF World Championship due to recurring back pain, <a href="https://twitter.com/RogMillions/status/855486276404826112">Roger Millions of Sportsnet</a> reports.
2017-08-15 Injured No Yes
2017-06-22 Active in League No Yes
2017-06-22 Franchise 2017 Unknown Unknown 2017 Calgary Flames