Backlund recorded an assist and went minus-2 in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Maple Leafs. Backlund earned the secondary assist on Milan Lucic's second-period tally after some line-juggling united the two forwards. The 31-year-old Backlund has done alright with three points, eight shots on goal and a minus-3 rating through five games. He's usually good for a 45-point pace in a full season -- the Swede should end up around the 30-point mark in the abbreviated 2020-21 campaign.
Backlund scored a goal in Monday's 5-2 win over the Canucks. Backlund gave the Flames a 2-1 lead with a goal at 13:30 of the second period, their second of three goals in the middle frame. The Swede has adjusted seamlessly to a third-line role after many seasons as the second-line center. Backlund has two points, six shots on goal and five hits through three contests.
Backlund recorded a power-play assist, two shots on goal and two PIM in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Canucks. Backlund's helper came in the second period, when he found Andrew Mangiapane, who then sent a no-look pass perfectly to Dillon Dube for the Flames' second goal. Lost in the shuffle of Elias Lindholm's shift to center is Backlund's reduced even-strength role. The 31-year-old Backlund slots in as the Flames' third-line center, but he's not being used like it -- as a strong two-way player, the Swede will get plenty of minutes in all situations. Fantasy managers can count on him as a depth scorer, as Backlund hasn't finished with fewer than 45 points in the last five years. His floor for 2021 would be around the 30-point mark if Backlund stays healthy.
Backlund had 45 points (16 goals, 29 helpers) in 70 regular-season games in 2019-20. He added six points in 10 playoff contests. Backlund struggled, as many Flames skaters did, to start the season. After New Year's, the Swede was a point-per-game player with 11 goals and 17 helpers in 28 contests before the league was put on pause due to the coronavirus outbreak. Backlund typically plays better in the second half of the season. He's also been a steady contributor for the Flames -- he's finished between 45 and 53 points in each of the last five campaigns.
Backlund scored an unassisted goal Tuesday during the Flames' 2-1 loss to the Stars in Game 5. The 31-year-old turned in an outstanding individual effort in the final minute of the first period for Calgary's only offense on the afternoon. Backlund gathered the puck along the boards, skated towards the blue line and the center of the ice, then stopped suddenly to shed a Dallas defender and fired a shot through a crowd that Anton Khudobin was a heartbeat late getting to. Backlund has four goals and six points through nine games this postseason, but he'll need more help if the Flames are going to avoid elimination in Game 6 on Thursday.
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