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David Backes | Center | #42

Team: Boston Bruins
Age / DOB:  (32) / 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 centered the third line on Wednesday.
He played between Ryan Spooner and Austin Czarnik. Backes has seen most of his playing time this season at right wing alongside David Krejci, but coach Claude Julien made some lineup changes against Detroit. Backes had an assist and a minus-3 rating in the match. Jan 19 - 8:02 AM

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David Backes amassed 17 minutes in penalties in his first game back to St. Louis.

He was standing up for current teammate David Krejci when he went after Blues defender Joel Edmundson. Before that incident, Backes was welcomed back with a video tribute and standing ovation from the crowd. "It was special, certainly something I never experienced before," Backes said afterward. "It was great to be back in the building. I think thankfully we jumped out to a decent lead because trying to bottle up everything that was going on on the ice was tough, no question about it."
Jan 11 - 10:22 AM

David Backes will make his return to Scottrade Center Tuesday night when the Bruins visit St. Louis.

"I'm going to try to control myself, control my emotions and live in the moment. There are few nights in your career where you get special nights and tonight is definitely going to be a special night for me having spent 10 years here," said Backes. "I've got my wife and daughter coming to the game and they'll be watching the game with a lot of friends. I just want to enjoy every second of it, be in the moment and not look past it and not take anything for granted." Backes has registered 11 goals and 21 points in 35 games with his new team this season.
Jan 10 - 4:02 PM

David Backes scored in his return to the lineup Saturday night.

Backes was reunited with linemates David Krejci and Ryan Spooner and scored his 10th goal of the season in the Bruins' 4-0 win over Florida. In 15:05 of ice, the veteran forward took three shots on goal and was plus one for the night. It appears Backes has fully recovered from his concussion and is safe to activate.
Jan 8 - 8:26 AM

David Backes will return to the lineup from his concussion on Saturday against the Panthers.

Backes only missed three games with the latest head injury, which is rather fortunate. He has nine goals and 19 points in 33 games this season.
Jan 7 - 7:00 PM

David Backes (concussion) might be back on Saturday.

"I think it's looking good, but I haven't had any confirmation yet," Bruins coach Claude Julien. It initially sounded like Backes might be sidelined for quite a while, but he's only missed three games so far. He has nine goals and 19 points in 33 contests in 2016-17.
Jan 6 - 12:26 PM

David Backes (concussion) missed his third straight game Thursday night.

However, he is very close to being available to return to the lineup and that could come as early as Saturday night against the Florida Panthers. Backes joined his teammates for practice for the second straight day on Thursday morning.
Jan 6 - 7:44 AM

David Backes could be back in the lineup Thursday after he was medically cleared to return from a concussion.

Coach Claude Julien said that Backes will be looked at again in the morning and then a decision will be made. Backes is cautiously optimistic that he will be able to play against Edmonton.
Jan 5 - 7:25 AM

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

That's very encouraging given that it initially seemed like Backes might be sidelined for a long time. Backes was able to fully participate in the skate and worked alongside linemates David Krejci and Ryan Spooner.
Jan 4 - 12:58 PM

David Backes could be out of action for a while.

The concussion he sustained Thursday night, which was not his first, does not seem like a mild one as Backes has been instructed by doctors not to watch TV or look at computer screens and not to text. If these simple tasks lead to symptoms, it could be long-term recovery from the feisty center.
Jan 1 - 8:47 AM

David Backes has been officially declared as concussed, and will be lost to the Bruins for an indefinite amount of time.

Terrible news for Backes, who has a history of concussion. Expect the Bruins to be cautious with him as there is still plenty of time left in the season for him to be 100% ready to play again.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 03:15:00 PM

David Backes won't play Saturday afternoon against the Sabres due to a suspected concussion.

Backes sustained the upper body injury when William Carrier delivered a high hit during the first period of Thursday's match. Head injuries, or suspected head injuries, are tricky enough to deal with. So expect the Bruins to play it cautious with Backes who has a history of concussions.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 12:24:00 PM

It is suspected that David Backes suffered a concussion on Thursday night.

If that is the case then Backes could be sidelined for a week or more. "I don't know, I haven't really talked to our [medical] guys," said coach Claude Julien after Thursday's game against Buffalo. An update on his status should come before Saturday afternoon's rematch. Consider him day-to-day for now with an upper-body injury.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 07:39:00 AM

David Backes sustained an upper-body injury during Thursday's game.

William Carrier delivered a high hit to Backes that appeared to make contact with the Bruins forward's head. Carrier was penalized for an illegal check to the head as a result. The Bruins have confirmed that Backes won't return to the contest, but beyond that his timetable is unknown.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 08:52:00 PM

David Backes produced a goal and an assist in Boston's 4-3 loss to Columbus on Tuesday night.

His efforts helped the Bruins rally from a 3-0 deficit, but in the end the Blue Jackets pulled ahead for their 13th straight victory. Backes has nine goals and 19 points in 32 matches now.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 09:59:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Patrice Bergeron
2David Krejci
3David Backes
4Ryan Spooner
5Dominic Moore
6Austin Czarnik
7Tim Schaller
LW1Brad Marchand
2Matt Beleskey
3Anton Blidh
4Frank Vatrano
RW1David Pastrnak
2Jimmy Hayes
3Riley Nash
4Brian Ferlin
D1Torey Krug
2Zdeno Chara
3Adam McQuaid
4Brandon Carlo
5John-Michael Liles
6Kevan Miller
7Colin Miller
8Joe Morrow
G1Tuukka Rask
2Zane McIntyre