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David Backes | Center

Team: St Louis Blues
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/1/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 221
College: Minnesota State U-Mankato
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David Backes played in his 600th NHL game on Saturday night.
He is the 10th player in franchise history to appear in 600 games. Backes' offensive production has dipped quite a bit so far this season. The 30-year-old has eight goals and 15 points in 32 games for the Blues this year. Dec 21 - 10:19 AM

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David Backes opened the scoring with his eighth goal of the season on Thursday night, but the Blues still fell to the Kings 6-4.

It was a sick power play tip-in as Backes reached out to his left and pulled the puck towards him using the shaft to beat Jonathan Quick. The Captain leads the team in power play points with six.
Dec 19 - 2:48 AM

David Backes will be in the lineup for St. Louis on Thursday after taking a puck to the mouth on Monday.

He was forced to leave the game after trying to play through it. Backes was wearing a full face cage during the morning skate. Get him in your lineup if you normally would.
Dec 11 - 12:32 PM

David Backes (mouth) didn't skate or participate in off-ice workouts on Wednesday.

"He did show up, but we didn't want him practicing," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow, to see if he can skate in the morning. He just came in, visited, said 'hello' to everybody and left." Backes was hit in the mouth by a slap shot on Monday and it's unclear if he'll be available to play on Thursday.
Dec 10 - 5:46 PM

David Backes (face) didn't participate in Tuesday's practice.

Backes left Monday's contest after being struck in the face by the puck. The Blues don't play until Thursday and it's too early to say if he'll miss that contest. If he can't play then that might create an opening for Steve Ott as he also got playing time with Backes' linemates, T.J. Oshie and Patrik Berglund. That being said, the Blues' practice lines later in the week should provide more insight if Backes is indeed unavailable.
Dec 9 - 5:42 PM

David Backes left Monday's game after taking a puck to the face.

He missed 22 minutes of ice time after getting hurt in the first, but he was able to come back sporting a full cage. Unfortunately, he had just four shifts in the second period and he didn't come out for the third. Backes still may be available for Thursday's game against the Islanders. "That's a lot of dental work for one night," said coach Ken Hitchcock. "The doctors pulled him out and we were in the process of telling him, thanks, but you have to take a break here. Hopefully he's ready for Thursday."
Dec 9 - 11:05 AM

David Backes notched a goal in the Blues’ 3-2 shootout victory against the Wild on Saturday night.

The Blues center has not been the force on offense we’ve become accustomed to. The goal was just his seventh of the season, and gave him 11 points in 23 games. Backes is barely on pace for a 40-point campaign. Vladimir Tarasenko also scored in the win, in addition to getting the only one in the shootout. Kevin Shattenkirk didn’t contribute offensively, but he wound up with 15 penalty minutes.
Nov 29 - 11:22 PM

David Backes was a frustrated player at Wednesday's practice after a 3-2 shootout loss to Ottawa on Tuesday.

He was involved in a battle drill with Vladimir Tarasenko during the session and ended up dropping gloves to attack his teammate. Other players stepped in to break them up. "It didn't matter who it was, Backes, he was ready to practice," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "David had a burr today because he felt we let a point slip away yesterday and wasn’t happy. He did what a captain did, he raised the level."
Nov 27 - 12:25 PM

David Backes appears to be moving back to center after spending some time on the wing.

He was between Patrik Berglund and Magnus Paajarvi during Wednesday's practice. "I think we miss Backes in the middle of the ice," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "He did a yeoman's job for us, but at the end of the day, we need more definition in the middle of the ice. We're better when we play with more definition in the middle of the ice. We need him back there. He's hard to play against. ... We want to go with this right now." Backes has two goals in his past three games and seven points in 14 contests this season.
Nov 13 - 12:21 PM

David Backes is cleared to return to the Blues’ lineup on Saturday.

Backes missed one game because of a concussion. The 30-year-old has two goals and five points in eight games this season. Backes was concussed in Tuesday’s game after taking a hit from Trevor Daley.
Nov 1 - 12:30 PM

David Backes (concussion) took part in Friday's practice.

Backes also passed the baseline test, so he might even be available for Tuesday's game. This is surprising news given that he only sustained the injury on Tuesday.
Oct 31 - 6:44 PM

David Backes has been diagnosed with a concussion.

He is out indefinitely after he was injured in Tuesday's game versus Dallas. Backes' head hit the ice after a hit by Stars defenseman Trevor Daley.
Oct 30 - 1:15 PM

David Backes (upper) is still being evaluated by the St. Louis Blues, so he wasn't on the ice Wednesday for the team's optional skate.

"There is no health report," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We'll give you a better evaluation tomorrow. We had guys take the day off. A couple of guys got banged up yesterday and took the day off. So, we'll know better tomorrow exactly where the injured guys are at. We really don't know to be honest with you. I would say nobody's ruled out. A couple of guys that got banged up yesterday aren't ruled in yet. We'll get a better evaluation tomorrow. We're expecting that we'll be pretty close to the same roster, but we're not sure yet." It's believed that Backes is being tested for a head and/or neck injury after a collision with Dallas defender Trevor Daley on Tuesday night.
Oct 29 - 5:23 PM

St. Louis captain David Backes was slow to get up after taking a hard hit during Tuesday's game against the Stars.

Backed may have hit his head on the ice during the spill, leading some to speculate on a head injury, but that has not been confirmed as of yet. Stay tuned for more information.
Oct 28 - 9:23 PM

It doesn't sound like St. Louis Blues forward David Backes will go out of his way seeking revenge on Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook.

Still, it doesn't sound like he won't give him a little extra if the opportunity arises. "We'll finish our checks as hard as we can and see what happens," Backes said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times' Mark Lazerus.
Oct 25 - 4:34 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Paul Stastny
2Jori Lehtera
3David Backes
4Patrik Berglund
5Maxim Lapierre
LW1Alexander Steen
2Jaden Schwartz
3Joakim Lindstrom
4Magnus Paajarvi
5Steve Ott
RW1Vladimir Tarasenko
2T.J. Oshie
3Chris Porter
4Dmitrij Jaskin
5Ryan Reaves
D1Kevin Shattenkirk
2Alex Pietrangelo
3Jay Bouwmeester
4Carl Gunnarsson
5Chris Butler
6Barret Jackman
7Ian Cole
G1Jake Allen
2Martin Brodeur
3Brian Elliott