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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 wants to prove himself this campaign after a tough first year with Boston.
Backes recorded just 38 points in 74 games in 2016-17. He has been working on his agility, quickness, and explosiveness during the off-season to better prepare for the speedier NHL. The 33-year-old power forward hopes that an increase in quickness will help him get in on the opposition more effectively and place him in better spots to contribute with his linemates. Aug 5 - 7:40 PM

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David Backes recorded 38 points in 2016-17, which is his lowest point total in a full season since 2007-08.

Backes hopes to get more responsibility next season and possibly return to playing center. "Do I think all the other options were explored? I don't," he said. "(Bruce Cassidy's) time was short, and what worked he went with, and what didn’t work he tried to change. ... Me at center with different guys or different combinations? I think there's always room for tinkering with it, just so we can have depth and roll three good lines or four good lines. That'll be up to next year, especially when you have a preseason you can try out some of those things. Maybe that'll be an opportunity to explore other options that we have." He spent most of his time under Cassidy on the wing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.
Apr 30 - 5:49 PM

David Backes got his first goal of the postseason on Monday in a 4-3 OT loss to Ottawa.

The Bruins rallied from a 3-0 deficit in Game 3, but the Senators managed to recover and win the game in the extra session. Backes has recorded two points in three contests in the series.
Apr 18 - 9:44 AM

Bruins forward David Backes says his team simply isn't playing well enough right now.

"I think it’s not good enough from top to bottom," said forward David Backes. "I’ll be the first guy to point fingers at my chest and say I need to be better. (Thursday's 6-3 loss to Tampa) was certainly not our best when it’s that time of year [and] you need your best every night to win, no matter who you’re playing against or what the circumstances may be." The Bruins have picked a horrible time to lose four games in a row, as they're in the middle of a playoff race. If the post-season started today, the Bruins wouldn't be in it.
Mar 25 - 11:57 AM

David Backes, who was ill Monday morning and didn't take part in the Bruins' morning skate, scored his 16th goal of the season Monday night in Boston's 4-2 loss to the Maple Leafs in Toronto.

The goal gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead in the first period but the team couldn't score again until 10 seconds were left in the third period. That goal was produced by Dominic Moore, his 11th of the season. Backes' goal was assisted by Brad Marchand, who now has 43 assists on the season.
Mar 20 - 10:47 PM

David Backes will be a game-time decision Monday night because of an illness.

He didn't take part in the morning skate, but interim coach Bruce Cassidy expects him to play against Toronto. Jimmy Hayes skated in Backes' place on the top line.
Mar 20 - 1:07 PM

David Backes had to be helped off the ice Wednesday after he crashed into the boards, but he managed to return in the second period.

He scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal at the 11:03 mark of the second period. Backes appeared to be favoring his knee when he left the ice initially and he was seen limping slightly after the game. Hopefully, he will be all right.
Mar 16 - 8:09 AM

David Backes notched a goal and an assist in Monday's 6-3 win over Vancouver.

He opened the scoring in the match with his 14th goal of the season. Backes added an assist late in the game when Brad Marchand completed a hat trick into an empty net. He has contributed 33 points in 61 contests.
Mar 14 - 9:49 AM

David Backes did a bit of everything for fantasy owners during Sunday's 6-3 win over the Stars.

He picked up his 17th assist of the season giving 29 points through 54 games. He also fought Jamie Benn in quite the thriller. Backes has four assists over his last five games.
Feb 26 - 6:11 PM

David Backes earned a pair of assists in a 5-3 loss to Anaheim on Wednesday night.

He had the primary helpers on goal by defensemen Brandon Carlo and Zdeno Chara. Backes has collected five points in the last five games thanks to a couple of multi-point efforts. He has registered 28 points on the year.
Feb 23 - 8:22 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Patrice Bergeron
2David Krejci
3Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson
4Ryan Spooner
5Austin Czarnik
LW1Brad Marchand
2Anders Bjork
3Sean Kuraly
4Frank Vatrano
5Matt Beleskey
6Tim Schaller
RW1David Pastrnak
2David Backes
3Riley Nash
4Noel Acciari
5Kenny Agostino
D1Torey Krug
2Charlie McAvoy
3Brandon Carlo
4Zdeno Chara
5Adam McQuaid
6Kevan Miller
7Paul Postma
G1Tuukka Rask
2Anton Khudobin