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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 (leg) is doubtful to play, but he has accompanied the Bruins on the road.
Backes has family and friends scheduled to be in attendance for games against St. Louis (Wednesday) and Minnesota (Sunday), so he wanted to be with the team. Boston also plays versus Dallas on Friday. Backes suffered a leg laceration on Saturday when he was cut by a skate. Mar 20 - 3:28 PM

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David Backes (leg laceration) is expected to miss at least the next two games.

Backes' first game on the sidelines will come Monday against Columbus. "The timetable hasn't been set on him," Boston GM Don Sweeney said. "You can imagine it was a pretty significant cut, and now it has been recleaned and addressed accordingly. We'll just let nature take its course, let it heal . . . it's certainly not day-to-day. I would expect he'll be out a couple of games, and then we'll reevaluate." Backes was cut by a skate Saturday and needed about 18 stitches, but it did not cause any "structural damage," according to coach Bruce Cassidy.
Mar 19 - 9:48 AM

David Backes suffered a laceration above his knee during Saturday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Backes was cut by Yanni Gourde's skate and he was clearly struggling to get off the ice. The Bruins have already mentioned that he needed several stitches to close up the wound. He's resting now, but he won't be returning to tonight's contest. Backes is day-to-day for now. The veteran managed to find the back of the net before being forced from the game.
Mar 17 - 9:07 PM

A couple of sources indicated to that David Backes was not likely to face supplemental discipline for his hit on Florida's Vincent Trocheck.

Backes was given a match penalty for a high hit on Trocheck late in the first period of Boston's 3-0 loss on Thursday night. However, it may be ruled that Trocheck "assumed a posture that made head contact on an otherwise full body check unavoidable." The Panthers forward also stayed in the game.
Mar 16 - 8:48 AM

David Backes got 15 penalty minutes, including a match penalty, in Boston's 3-0 loss to Florida Thursday night.

Backes dished out a high hit to Vincent Trocheck, which led to a fight between Backes and Mike Matheson. It could be argued that Trocheck put himself in a vulnerable position, but the timing of Backes' hit is particularly problematic given that he just came off a three-game suspension for a high hit. It will be interesting to see if this latest incident will put him back on the player safety department's radar.
Mar 15 - 10:57 PM

David Backes will be back from his three-game suspension on Tuesday night.

Backes is projected to play between Danton Heinen and Brian Gionta on the third line against Carolina. He has 11 goals and 27 points in 47 games this season.
Mar 13 - 2:13 PM

The NHL has handed David Backes a three-game suspension.

Backes is being punished for a high, late hit on Red Wings' Frans Nielsen on Wednesday. Nielsen sustained an upper-body injury and was forced to leave the game as a result. Backes didn't have a suspension history prior to this incident. He'll be eligible to return on March 13.
Mar 7 - 4:58 PM

David Backes will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety Wednesday for interference on Detroit's Frans Nielsen.

The incident occurred in Tuesday's game and it knocked Nielsen out of the match with an upper-body injury.
Mar 7 - 11:15 AM

David Backes scored his 10th of the season in a 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.

Backes has points in back-to-back games for the first time since early January. He and Ryan Spooner were the only goal scorers for Boston on Saturday night. Backes now has 10 goals and 22 points in 36 games this season.
Feb 10 - 9:54 PM

David Backes netted his eighth goal of the season on Sunday night.

Backes has four goals and six assists in his last seven outings and he has 13 points in the past 10 contests. He has contributed 17 points in 23 appearances this campaign.
Jan 8 - 10:12 AM

David Backes has been chosen as the third star of the week.

Backes accounted for three goals and three assists in three games. He registered multi-point performances in each outing to extend his point streak to four straight contests.
Jan 1 - 4:10 PM

David Backes has eight points in his last four contests.

Those points have been evenly spread out with Backes recording two points in four consecutive games. His hot streak has brought him up to seven goals and 15 points in 20 contests this season. He's coming off a rough 2016-17 campaign and has missed a significant portion of 2017-18, but if he can stay healthy then he should be a strong force for the Bruins in the second half of the season.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 04:36:00 AM

David Backes found the back of the net twice in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals.

Backes helped the Bruins jump out to a 2-0 lead with a goal 1:23 into the game. He then restored the lead in the third period before the Bruins gave up the tying goal to Brett Connolly midway through the frame. The line of Danton Heinen, Riley Nash and Backes is currently on fire, giving the Bruins arguably the best top-six forward group in the league. Backes is up to seven goals and 13 points in 17 games so far this season. He is available in 74% of Yahoo leagues.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 10:47:00 PM

David Backes notched a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 5-1 win over Ottawa.

Backes has heated up of late with three goals and four helpers in the past five games. The veteran forward has collected 11 points in 18 appearances this campaign.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 09:02:00 AM

David Backes registered a pair of assists on Saturday despite being sleep deprived.

Backes' wife gave birth to their son about 12 hours before the start of Saturday's contest. "I got about four hours two nights ago and about three hours last night. After what I saw my wife go through birthing that baby, I figured I could come on a few hours of sleep earlier today and get it done," Backes said. "So [it was] quite a 24 hours for us here, and good little family time for the holidays. Looking forward to [the holiday break] and two points in a game here, another great win by our team. It’s been a good stretch and we are going to enjoy the holidays." Backes ended up playing a big role in Boston's 3-1 win over Detroit. In addition to his two assists, he logged 19:07 minutes, which makes this the third time this season he's surpassed the 19-minute mark. Congratulations to Backes and his growing family!
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 04:43:00 AM

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5Tommy Wingels
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LW1Brad Marchand
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4Tim Schaller
RW1David Pastrnak
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