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David Backes | Center | #42

Team: St Louis Blues
Age / DOB:  (32) / 5/1/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 221
College: Minnesota State U-Mankato
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 2 (62) / STL
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David Backes scored twice in the Blues 6-1 blowout of Dallas in Game 3 to help St. Louis take a 2-1 series lead.
The Blues captain now has back-to-back games with two points and has been credited with the game winner in both the wins. He has three game winners in these playoffs alone. That is eight points in 10 games for Backes. Vladimir Tarasenko scored and added two assists and Alex Steen added two goals in the blowout win. The Blues best players have been great the last two games and that has led to wins. May 4 - 3:05 AM

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David Backes scored the overtime winner in St. Louis' 4-3 win over the Stars in Game 2.

Backes was standing in front of the net while the Blues' were on the power play, and he buried a rebound by Stars goalie Antti Niemi. Backes finished with a goal, an assist and seven hits in 20:55 of ice time on his 32nd birthday. Alex Steen and Kevin Shattenkirk assisted on the game-winning goal. The Blues and Stars will head to St. Louis with their best of-seven series tied 1-1.
May 1 - 6:27 PM

David Backes came through for St. Louis during Game 5 on Thursday.

Down 3-1 heading into the third period, David Backes deftly redirected Alex Pietrangelo's shot from the point knot the game at three with 5:10 to go. The Blues would eventually fall 4-3 in double overtime, but it's not because Backes' presence hasn't been felt. He has two goals and four points in five games this series.
Apr 22 - 1:50 AM

David Backes maintained his point-per-game through three games with an assist during Sunday's Game 3 win over Chicago.

Backes now boasts two assists and three points through three games. The captain also dished out eight hits during the game, while winning half his draws.
Apr 17 - 6:58 PM

David Backes banked a shot in off a Blackhawk's defender at 9:04 of overtime, helping the Blues to a 1-0 win in Game 1.

It was his first ever playoff overtime goal and it was the only goal scored on this evening. The lucky bounce came about midway through the overtime period when his centering pass when in off Chicago defender Trevor van Riemsdyk and through the legs of Corey Crawford. The Blackhawks were doing a great job of blocking shots in this game, holding the Blues to just 18 overall but Brian Elliott was the difference.
Apr 14 - 12:51 AM

David Backes (lower body) will be available for Game 1.

Backes didn't skate on Monday, but he did participate in Tuesday's practice. He missed the Blues last three regular season contests with the goal of being ready for the start of the playoffs. "That was my mindset from the get-go, that Game 1 I'd be full bore," he said. "When you get the adrenaline running, you can play through a lot of stuff. Even with little-to-no-adrenaline today, we're feeling well. So we're a go."
Apr 12 - 4:31 PM

David Backes (lower body) didn't skate on Monday.

He missed the last three games of the season with a lower-body injury and it's unclear if he'll be ready to play when the playoffs begin on Wednesday. If he gets back on the ice on Tuesday then we could get a clearer picture on his status.
Apr 11 - 3:19 PM

David Backes has a lower-body injury and he won't play in the last three games of the regular season.

He will be re-evaluated once the regular season is over. Backes concludes the 2015-16 campaign with 21 goals, 45 points and 83 penalty minutes in 79 games.
Apr 4 - 1:59 PM

David Backes scored a goal and an assist in Sunday's 5-1 win over Colorado.

Backes opened the scoring with a power play goal just 5:30 into the opening frame. He then added the primary assist on Troy Brouwer's third period goal. The 31-year-old has 21 goals and 45 points in 79 games in 2015-16.
Apr 3 - 11:19 PM

David Backes picked up a pair of helpers in Friday's 6-5 loss to Boston.

The Blues' captain is now up to three straight games with a point, notching three assists and four points over that span. Backes has more or less salvaged his season statistically, recording 23 assists and 43 points in 78 games.
Apr 2 - 12:09 AM

David Backes scored twice in 6-4 loss to Edmonton on Wednesday.

Backes filled up the score sheet in this high-scoring affair. He tallied a plus-2, five shots, a few penalty minutes. Jayden Swartz picked up a goal and an assist as well in the losing effort. Backes is going to have to score over a point per game in the remaining contests to match his average of 57 points in the last two seasons.
Mar 17 - 1:52 AM

St. Louis center David Backes scored his 17th goal of the season to help the Blues down the visiting Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in a shootout Wednesday night.

The Hawks scored the only goal in the first period but the Blues bounced back in the third period with two power-play goals to take a 2-1 lead. Backes scored his 17th of the season at 8:46. Troy Brouwer notched his 13th goal of the season at 13:20.
Mar 9 - 11:07 PM

David Backes picked up his 16th goal of the season during Sunday's 5-2 win over Carolina.

Backes ends February with another good month of four goals and six points across 13 games. He's now up to 34 points, and should at least reach the 40-point plateau by season's end.
Feb 28 - 6:04 PM

David Backes will not be re-signed before the trade deadline.

Backes is set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. Under other circumstances a report like this might fuel trade rumors, but that's not true in this case. That's because Blues GM Doug Armstrong has strongly suggested that the Blues won't move him because they're in a win-now mode, so prospects or picks wouldn't be enough to pry Backes away from St. Louis.
Feb 26 - 3:51 PM

David Backes scored a goal and an assist in Saturday's 6-4 win over Arizona.

Backes picked up the primary assist on Alexander Steen's first period goal and he added an empty netter with one second remaining in the game. The goal was just his second in the last 15 games. Backes has 14 goals and 32 points in 61 games this season.
Feb 21 - 11:08 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1David Backes
2Paul Stastny
3Jori Lehtera
4Kyle Brodziak
5Ivan Barbashev
LW1Alexander Steen
2Jaden Schwartz
3Robby Fabbri
4Magnus Paajarvi
5Steve Ott
6Ty Rattie
RW1Vladimir Tarasenko
2Troy Brouwer
3Dmitrij Jaskin
4Scottie Upshall
5Patrik Berglund
6Ryan Reaves
D1Kevin Shattenkirk
2Alex Pietrangelo
3Jay Bouwmeester
4Colton Parayko
5Joel Edmundson
6Carl Gunnarsson
7Robert Bortuzzo
8Chris Butler
9Peter Harrold
10Petteri Lindbohm
11Jordan Schmaltz
G1Brian Elliott
2Jake Allen
3Jordan Binnington
4Anders Nilsson