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David Backes | Winger | #42

Team: Boston Bruins
Age / DOB:  (33) / 5/1/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 221
College: Minnesota State U-Mankato
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 2 (62) / STL
Contract: view contract details

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David Backes (diverticulitis) will be able to play on Thursday.
Backes wasn't able to play in Boston's first five regular season games. This will be his second season with Boston after he had 17 goals, 38 points, and 69 penalty minutes in 74 contests in 2016-17. Oct 19 - 12:20 PM

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David Backes took part in Bruins practice on Tuesday.

Backes has been dealing with diverticulitis this season. He was wearing a black practice jersey, so there were no restrictions on him. Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said Backes might be able to play on Thursday night.
Oct 17 - 2:04 PM

David Backes (diverticulitis) might be able to join the Bruins for practice this week.

"I don't want to get ahead of myself, but I would think Tuesday or Wednesday he would skate with the team," coach Bruce Cassidy said. Backes has begun to work out lightly since he was diagnosed with diverticulitis.
Oct 16 - 9:44 AM

David Backes (diverticulitis) could need surgery in the near future.

He's missed the first three games of the Bruins regular season. Although surgery hasn't been confirmed, it remains a possibility. It'll be interesting to see what Backes and the Bruins decide to do.
Oct 14 - 11:40 AM

David Backes (illness) has been put on injured reserve.

Backes is slated to be re-evaluated in three-to-four weeks after he was diagnosed with diverticulitis. He missed Boston's opener because of the illness.
Oct 9 - 11:28 AM

The Boston Bruins have announced that forward David Backes has been diagnosed with diverticulitis.

Diverticulitis is a digestive disease in which pouches within the large bowel wall become inflamed. It usually heals on its own and rarely requires surgical intervention. Backes will be re-evaluated in three-to-four weeks and might be worth dropping for someone on your waiver wire.
Oct 5 - 8:26 PM

David Backes (illness) isn't available for the Bruins' season opener on Thursday.

Backes is day-to-day and it wouldn't be surprising to see him healthy and ready to go on Monday. He had 17 goals and 38 points in 74 contests in 2016-17.
Oct 5 - 12:14 PM

David Backes didn't skate on Wednesday because of an illness.

Backes was told to stay home by the team after he made it through the entire workout Tuesday. He is considered to be questionable to play Thursday night at this time. The Bruins should more about his status after the morning skate.
Oct 5 - 7:48 AM

It seems the Bruins are content to play David Backes on their third line.

Coach Bruce Cassidy really seems to want Anders Bjork to be his first-line right winger alongside Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand and Jake DeBrusk as his second-line left winger alongside David Krejci and David Pasternak. That leaves Backes on the third unit with wingers that still need to be determined. The primary candidates to play with Backes are Ryan Spooer and Frank Vatrano, though Sean Kuraly and Riley Nash could figure in. Either way, Backes' fantasy value is detrimentaly impacted by this slotting. We still love Backes' combination of offensive skill and ruggedness but can't recommend him to fantasy participants unless playing in the deepest of pools.
Sep 23 - 9:03 AM

David Backes is hoping to be a bigger factor in 2017-18 than he was in his first season with the Bruins.

Backes scored 17 goals and 38 points in 74 contests last season. That was somewhat disappointing, but the 33-year-old is entering the 2017-18 campaign after undergoing a different style of summer training. "I’d be training more like a football player with heavy weights in previous summers, but this year it was a lot more functional, speed-training with a lot more work done on the ice than previously," Backes said. "I think it’s partly because I’m getting older, and partly because the game itself is evolving into a faster, quicker, less chipping it in and grinding it out kind of game. While I still love that part of the game and hopefully it can still be incorporated, you also need to be able to get up and down the ice, win races to the puck and be able to make plays. I tried to incorporate training with that in mind." It'll be interesting to see what kind of an impact that has on his play, but we wouldn't count on him recording much more than 40 points.
Sep 8 - 4:51 AM

David Backes wants to prove himself this campaign after a tough first year with Boston.

Backes recorded just 38 points in 74 games in 2016-17. He has been working on his agility, quickness, and explosiveness during the off-season to better prepare for the speedier NHL. The 33-year-old power forward hopes that an increase in quickness will help him get in on the opposition more effectively and place him in better spots to contribute with his linemates.
Aug 5 - 7:40 PM

David Backes recorded 38 points in 2016-17, which is his lowest point total in a full season since 2007-08.

Backes hopes to get more responsibility next season and possibly return to playing center. "Do I think all the other options were explored? I don't," he said. "(Bruce Cassidy's) time was short, and what worked he went with, and what didn’t work he tried to change. ... Me at center with different guys or different combinations? I think there's always room for tinkering with it, just so we can have depth and roll three good lines or four good lines. That'll be up to next year, especially when you have a preseason you can try out some of those things. Maybe that'll be an opportunity to explore other options that we have." He spent most of his time under Cassidy on the wing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.
Apr 30 - 5:49 PM

David Backes got his first goal of the postseason on Monday in a 4-3 OT loss to Ottawa.

The Bruins rallied from a 3-0 deficit in Game 3, but the Senators managed to recover and win the game in the extra session. Backes has recorded two points in three contests in the series.
Apr 18 - 9:44 AM

Bruins forward David Backes says his team simply isn't playing well enough right now.

"I think it’s not good enough from top to bottom," said forward David Backes. "I’ll be the first guy to point fingers at my chest and say I need to be better. (Thursday's 6-3 loss to Tampa) was certainly not our best when it’s that time of year [and] you need your best every night to win, no matter who you’re playing against or what the circumstances may be." The Bruins have picked a horrible time to lose four games in a row, as they're in the middle of a playoff race. If the post-season started today, the Bruins wouldn't be in it.
Mar 25 - 11:57 AM

David Backes, who was ill Monday morning and didn't take part in the Bruins' morning skate, scored his 16th goal of the season Monday night in Boston's 4-2 loss to the Maple Leafs in Toronto.

The goal gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead in the first period but the team couldn't score again until 10 seconds were left in the third period. That goal was produced by Dominic Moore, his 11th of the season. Backes' goal was assisted by Brad Marchand, who now has 43 assists on the season.
Mar 20 - 10:47 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Patrice Bergeron
2David Krejci
3Ryan Spooner
4Riley Nash
LW1Brad Marchand
2Jake DeBrusk
3Frank Vatrano
4Matt Beleskey
5Sean Kuraly
6Tim Schaller
7Peter Cehlarik
RW1David Pastrnak
2Anders Bjork
3David Backes
4Noel Acciari
5Kenny Agostino
D1Torey Krug
2Charlie McAvoy
3Brandon Carlo
4Zdeno Chara
5Adam McQuaid
6Kevan Miller
7Paul Postma
G1Tuukka Rask
2Anton Khudobin
3Zane McIntyre