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David Backes | Center

Team: St Louis Blues
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/1/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 221
College: Minnesota State U-Mankato
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It doesn't sound like St. Louis Blues forward David Backes will go out of his way seeking revenge on Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook.
Still, it doesn't sound like he won't give him a little extra if the opportunity arises. "We'll finish our checks as hard as we can and see what happens," Backes said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times' Mark Lazerus. Oct 25 - 4:34 PM

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Despite rumors that suggest David Backes would be switched to right wing to play alongside newly-signed Paul Stastny, the all-purpose forward will remain at center to start training camp.

In fact, Blues' coach Ken Hitchcock has indicated he would like to have the following pairs work together when camp opens in order to develop chemistry which would form the basis of the team's forward lines: Backes and T.J. Oshie, Stastny and Alexander Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko and Jori Lehtera and Jaden Schwartz and Dmitrij Jaskin. Interesting. Let's see if Hitch sticks with this plan.
Sep 6 - 11:35 AM

David Backes played in the playoffs with a broken toe on his left foot.

It was caused by a slap shot from teammate Alexander Steen late in the regular season. Backes did not suffer a concussion from the hit he received from Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook in Game 2, but he did sustain a stiff neck.
Apr 28 - 1:40 PM

David Backes logged 21:35 of ice time in his return to the lineup on Friday.

"For not skating, for not playing, I thought he did fine," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "He hit the wall a few times so we had to put other people on the ice, but for coming back into — how long's he not skated for, two weeks? — to walk in and play those minutes was impressive." Backes posted a game-high eight hits and a minus-2 rating in St. Louis' 3-2 overtime loss to Chicago. In three games in the series, he has one assist and four shots.
Apr 26 - 4:15 PM

David Backes is in the lineup for Friday night's Game 5 showdown with the Blackhawks.

Backes will be a huge boost to a Blues squad that has lost both games since he was sidelined from illegal hit by the Hawks' Brent Seabrook in Game 2. Derek Roy is scratched for the Blues.
Apr 25 - 7:58 PM

David Backes (upper body) didn't participate in Friday's morning skate.

Backes still hasn't been ruled out for Friday night's game, but we doubt he'll be in the lineup. He has already missed two contests since he Brent Seabrook struck him with a high hit. If Backes sustained a concussion, then the fact that he hasn't been skating likely means that he isn't close to returning.
Apr 25 - 12:21 PM

David Backes (upper body) didn't practice Thursday.

"He's not skating today, so read what you want from that," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "He's not around. He's not skating, so we'll see tomorrow. Hopefully he's able to get back before Seabrook, or by Seabrook's time so it doesn't turn into an advantage for them." It's unclear if he'll be able to play in Game 5 on Friday night.
Apr 25 - 8:03 AM

David Backes (upper body) didn't skate with the Blues on Wednesday.

Backes hasn't been ruled out for Game 3 yet, but we would be surprised if he ended up playing. He was sidelined because of a high hit from Brent Seabrook during Saturday's game.
Apr 23 - 2:05 PM

The status of David Backes will be made clearer after Wednesday's morning skate.

"No update," coach Ken Hitchcock said Tuesday. "We'll let you know (today)." There's a chance that he could be back in the lineup for Game 4 after he was leveled by an illegal hit from Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook this past Saturday.
Apr 23 - 10:57 AM

David Backes won't play in Game 3 on Monday with what is believed to be an upper-body injury.

The Blues aren't saying much about his status, but it was confirmed that he wouldn't play in Game 3 after he received an illegal check from Chicago's Brent Seabrook on Saturday.
Apr 21 - 3:06 PM

David Backes didn't start overtime with his regular wingers.

It's unclear if he'll be able to return to Saturday's contest after he was rocked on a hit by Chicago's Brent Seabrook. The incident occurred at the 15:09 mark of the third period. Steve Ott opened the extra session between T.J. Oshie and Alexander Steen. We can only speculate at this time, but consider him day-to-day with an "upper-body injury."
Apr 19 - 6:18 PM

David Backes (foot) will play Thursday in St. Louis' playoff opener.

He participated in Wednesday's practice after not skating on Tuesday. Backes missed three games to close out the regular season with a foot injury. He'll start out Thursday's contest between Steve Ott and Alexander Steen.
Apr 17 - 1:43 PM

David Backes (foot) didn't skate Tuesday.

Patrik Berglund (upper body) and Vladimir Sobotka (lower body) were also absent from the session. St. Louis hosts Chicago in Game 1 of their opening-round series on Thursday, so the wounded Blues still have some time to get healthy.
Apr 16 - 10:18 AM

David Backes (foot) should be ready to play in St. Louis' playoff opener Thursday night.

The Blues didn't skate Monday so there weren't any injury updates, but it's expected that Backes will be available. He sat out the last three games of the regular season with a foot injury.
Apr 14 - 6:13 PM

David Backes has been seen wearing a walking boot and he may not be available to play before the regular season is over.

"He is going to be out for potentially three games and then play," said coach Ken Hitchcock, suggesting that Backes could be ready when the playoffs begin. He was injured Tuesday night after his left foot was struck by a shot from teammate Alexander Steen.
Apr 10 - 5:49 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Paul Stastny
2David Backes
3Patrik Berglund
4Jori Lehtera
5Maxim Lapierre
LW1Alexander Steen
2Jaden Schwartz
3Joakim Lindstrom
4Magnus Paajarvi
5Steve Ott
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Vladimir Tarasenko
3Chris Porter
4Dmitrij Jaskin
5Ryan Reaves
D1Alex Pietrangelo
2Kevin Shattenkirk
3Jay Bouwmeester
4Carl Gunnarsson
5Barret Jackman
6Jordan Leopold
7Ian Cole
G1Brian Elliott
2Jake Allen