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David Backes | Winger | #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 notched a goal and two assists in a 6-3 win against San Jose on Thursday night.
He spent most of the match on the top line with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron, where he helped set up a goal by each of them. Backes also opened the scoring in the game just 52 seconds into the first period. He had contributed just one assist in his previous 12 outings. Feb 10 - 7:54 AM

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David Backes skated on the top line during Wednesday's practice.

"What these two guys do together is something I've never seen before. The way they read off each other, complement each other, is fantastic," said Backes of the duo of Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. "It seems whoever they've put there has been complementary and been able to help them and have a lot of success. Hopefully (it will be) no different with me." Interim coach Bruce Cassidy said the lines are fluid right now so Backes could still be moved around, but if he gets another shot on the top combination then he is worth keeping an eye on.
Feb 9 - 7:50 AM

David Backes continues to struggle and has been a liability on the ice over the Bruins' last 11 games.

It's bad enough that Backes has registered only one assist over that span but with his minus-two rating Saturday night is minus-12 over the last month. With only 22 points in 47 games, Backes is beginning to look like a bust this season.
Feb 5 - 9:13 AM

David Backes has provided one assist in his last 11 games.

He hasn't picked up a point in the past six contests during his scoring slump. Backes has been skating on the second line with Frank Vatrano and David Krejci again, but he is still stuck on 11 goals and has 22 points in 46 appearances.
Feb 3 - 8:14 AM

David Backes skated at right wing on Sunday, but he was on the third line.

He played against Pittsburgh alongside Riley Nash and Ryan Spooner. "Backs, to me, has been a stronger player on the wing," said coach Claude Julien before the game. "We did get him here to help us at center. He can. He did a good job of it at the beginning of the year when Bergeron was out." Backes has played up and down Boston's top three lines this season, while seeing time on the wing and at center.
Jan 23 - 9:48 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

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