Wild notes: Cooke likely out for Game 1
APR 15, 3:00p ET | Brian Hall
Rotowire: Mar 20 / 9:28a ET
News: Backstrom hasn't appeared in a game for the Wild since Jan. 13.
Impact: With the Wild hardly secure in their position at the bottom half of the Western Conference playoff picture, coach Mike Yeo has ridden No. 1 netminder Devan Dubnyk with a heavy hand. Dubnyk has made 29 consecutive starts in net and has been dominant in most of those outings, creating little opportunity for Darcy Kuemper or Backstrom to see duty. Even if Yeo does decide to rest Dubnyk one of these days, the starting nod would more than likely go to the younger Kuemper, who fared better than Backstrom prior to Dubnyk's acquisition in January. It wouldn't be surprising if Backstrom didn't see a single appearance -- even in relief -- over the remainder of the season.
Rotowire: Mar 10 / 7:25a ET
News: Backstrom is feeling ill and will not practice Tuesday, Mike Vogel of washingtoncaps.com reports.
Impact: Backstrom will likely just be day-to-day ahead of Wednesday's matchup with the Rangers. He stuck around team facilities to receive treatment from the training staff, indicating that the illness isn't all that serious.