If there has been one constant during Wild victories this season, it has been this: good goaltending.

Execution between the pipes has to be above average to give the team a better-than-average chance to win. And that's why both head coach Mike Yeo and goaltending coach Bob Mason are cautiously optimistic about the way Niklas Backstrom played against Boston on Sunday.

In a 2-0 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champions, Backstrom made 48 saves. It was the highest save total ever in a Wild shutout and the highest shot total ever for the Bruins in a shutout loss.

But it wasn't only the number of saves that had Yeo excited, it was how Backstrom made them.

"I find with Back, when he's playing his best, the game looks easy for him," Yeo said after the team skated at St. Thomas Academy on Wednesday morning. "He seems to be in the right position, he's controlling his rebounds well, and he's just so technically strong. He doesn't get himself scrambling."