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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 scored a pair of goals in Thursday’s 6-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes.
The goals were Backes’ first two of the season (he missed 17 games this season). The Bruins forward did all of his damage in the second period, as his markers gave the Bruins 2-1 and 3-1 leads in the middle frame. The veteran now has four points in nine games this season. Brad Marchand, David Krejci, Anders Bjork and Danton Hainen also scored for the Bruins in this one. Dec 7 - 10:09 PM

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David Backes picked up an assist in a 5-3 loss to Nashville on Monday night.

It was the 500th point of Backes' career. The 33-year-old's father, Steven, was in attendence at Bridgestone Arena for the veteran's milestone. Backes has two assists in eight games this season.
Dec 5 - 10:03 AM

David Backes (diverticulitis) will be back in Boston's lineup on Wednesday.

Backes was on the sidelines for roughly a month. The fact that he's already ready to return is pretty impressive given that earlier reports suggested that he might not be ready until the end of December or early January. He has an assist in five games this season.
Nov 29 - 12:34 PM

David Backes (diverticulitis) is a possibility to return to the fold on Wednesday night.

Backes has been skating the team and he's close to playing ahead of schedule. He had 10 inches of colon removed during surgery for diverticulitis earlier this month.
Nov 28 - 12:56 PM

Although he has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Edmonton, David Backes (colon surgery) was encouraged by how he felt after Saturday's practice.

Backes indicated that he felt strong during the workout and did not have any ill effects after going full contact. The rugged forward is progressing well and may be able to beat his initial prognosis which had him returning in late December or early January.
Nov 26 - 9:49 AM

The Boston Bruins have ruled out David Backes for tomorrow night's game.

Backes has only appeared in five games this season due to an early season illness and colon surgery. The 33-year-old forward returned to his first contact practice today, something Cassidy mentioned was a "good sign". With only one point in his five games this season, Backes can't be trusted when he returns. His initial timeline to return to game action was late December or early January.
Nov 25 - 12:16 PM

David Backes (diverticulitis) skated with teammates on Monday.

Backes had 10 inches of colon removed during surgery for diverticulitis earlier this month. "The doc's advice is that if it doesn't hurt then I can keep moving forward and add more of a workload on, so that's the update for today," he said. "It's still non-contact, but we’ll keep moving along and hopefully I'll be back doing what I love to do on a regular basis. I haven't been notified that the timeline has changed at all, so I'm just going to keep putting in the work. The more I seem to do the work the better it is, and I seem to be able to do a little more each day. So those are all positive signs." His original timetable was set for eight weeks, but his quick return to the ice is an encouraging sign.
Nov 20 - 2:57 PM

David Backes will be unavailable for the next eight weeks at a minimum after having diverticulitis surgery.

Backes missed the start of the season due to diverticulitis, but he returned on Oct. 19 and played in five games. However, surgery was always a possibility depending on how his body responded to diet changes and medication. "The decision to have surgery was made in consultation with team physicians as well as outside specialists in the management of diverticulitis," the Bruins said in a statement. "David’s episode of diverticulitis at the beginning of the season was his second episode in two months and was complicated with an abscess (collection of infection adjacent to the colon) that required drainage. Repeated episodes, like what David experienced, have a very high likelihood of recurrence in the near term, which is why he was advised to have surgery to remove the area of colon causing the problem. It was determined that attempting to delay the surgery until after the season was an unacceptable risk to his health." Boston has placed Backes on the injured reser
Nov 1 - 12:59 PM

David Backes is projected to shift to center for Thursday's game against San Jose.

David Krejci is expected to miss at least two more games with what is believed to be a back injury, so Backes will skate between Jake DeBrusk and David Pastrnak.
Oct 26 - 8:47 AM

David Backes (diverticulitis) has been taken off the injured reserve list.

Backes was already declared as ready to return, so this move was anticipated. He had 17 goals and 38 points in 74 games last season.
Oct 19 - 3:35 PM

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

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

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C1Patrice Bergeron
2David Krejci
3Sean Kuraly
4Ryan Spooner
5Riley Nash
LW1Brad Marchand
2Jake DeBrusk
3Tim Schaller
4Frank Vatrano
5Peter Cehlarik
RW1David Pastrnak
2Anders Bjork
3Danton Heinen
4Noel Acciari
5David Backes
D1Torey Krug
2Charlie McAvoy
3Brandon Carlo
4Zdeno Chara
5Adam McQuaid
6Kevan Miller
7Matthew Grzelcyk
8Rob O'Gara
G1Tuukka Rask
2Anton Khudobin