Niklas Backstrom’s answers sounded tentative at best.

The Minnesota Wild goalie was addressing the local media on Saturday afternoon, talking about his practice and the lower-body injury that made him a late Game 1 scratch. Backstrom is confident he’ll return. It just didn’t sound like he’s sure when.

“It’s getting better. It’s going to take time but it’s something you work on every day,” said Backstrom of the lower-body injury he sustained minutes before the Wild played the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 on Tuesday. “Every day you wake up, you hope it’s better.”

Is it better enough for him to start Game 3 tomorrow at Xcel Energy Center, where the Wild hope to put a dent in the Blackhawks’ 2-0 advantage in their Western Conference quarterfinal series?

“I think that’s something we’ll talk to the coaches about,” Backstrom told the local media. “It’s getting better. It’s going to be there sooner or later. Every day you try to make progress and we’ll see where we are tomorrow morning.”

Backstrom wasn’t sounding too positive that he’s a go for Game 3. Wild coach Mike Yeo told reporters that Backstrom looked “really good. He’s looked really good every day.” But when asked when he’d decide his Sunday starter, Yeo wasn’t biting.

“Sometime before game time tomorrow,” he said with a chuckle.