Flyers vs. Wild, 7 p.m. -- CSN
Flyers: 26-12-4 (Second in Atlantic Division, fourth in Eastern Conference)
Wild: 22-16-7 (Second in Northwest Division, eighth in Western Conference)
The Wild are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues over the weekend. Minnesota has lost five of its last six games and is winless in its last nine on the road.
Sean Couturier The 19-year-old rookie has scored a goal in each of his last four games and was recently selected, along with fellow Flyer Matt Read, to participate as one of 12 rookies at the NHL's All-Star Weekend.
Backstrom is expected to return to the starting lineup after battling an illness. He is 1-3-0 with a 3.72 GAA in four career games against the Flyers.
The Minnesota Wild have struggled on the road this season and are 0-7-2 away from the Xcel Energy Center since last beating the Phoenix Coyotes on Dec. 10. They are two losses away from matching an 11-game winless skid during the 2006-07 season and four losses away from tying their all-time road losing streak.
Flyers: Jaromir Jagr (groin strain, day-to-day), James Van Riemsdyk (concussion), Chris Pronger (concussion, knee surgery), Blaire Betts (lower-body injury), Ian Laperriere (post-concussion syndrome).
Wild: Mikko Koivu (upper-body injury), Pierre-Marc Bouchard (concussion, groin), Jarod Palmer (upper-body injury), Guillaume Latendresse (post-concussion syndrome).
Will the Flyers' success against Backstrom continue?