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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
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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

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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

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

Depth Charts

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