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David Backes | Center

Team: St Louis Blues
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/1/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 221
College: Minnesota State U-Mankato
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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

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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

David Backes (lower body) won't be available for Thursday's game against Minnesota.

Backes suffered the injury when he was hit by a slap shot during Tuesday's 4-1 loss to Washington. On the plus side, he might be back on Friday. He has 57 points and 119 penalty minutes in 74 games this season.
Apr 9 - 1:48 PM

David Backes sustained a lower-body injury during the Blues' 4-1 loss to Washington on Tuesday night.

Backes was hit by an Alexander Steen slap shot and left the game after one more shift. The Blues' captain has 27 goals and 57 points through 74 games, and is listed as day-to-day.
Apr 9 - 2:25 AM

David Backes finished Saturday's 4-0 loss against Colorado with 16 penalty minutes.

Backes was handed separate minors for roughing, hooking, and cross-checking. With that last penalty he was also given a misconduct. Backes now has 56 points and 115 penalty minutes in 72 games in 2013-14.
Apr 5 - 5:11 PM

David Backes had an assist in St. Louis' 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars Saturday night.

Backes is on a four-game point streak. He now has 27 goals and 56 points in 69 games in 2013-14.
Mar 30 - 10:58 AM

Coach Ken Hitchcock doesn't think David Backes gives himself enough credit for his capabilities on offense.

"I think that's one of the things that's really evolved in his game," Hitchcock said. "He's not just a checker, he's a guy that can play in both ends of the rink. He's very good offensively, he's underrated offensively. I think people are starting to see that." He's surpassed the 60-point mark once in his career and he's on pace to do it again in 2013-14. Backes is also four goals away from tying his personal best of 31.
Mar 27 - 12:04 PM

David Backes fired home a hat trick in Tuesday night’s 5-3 road win over the Maple Leafs.

Backes and his linemates T.J. Oshie and Alex Steen combined for nine points against a reeling Toronto squad. Backes now has 27 goals and 53 points through 67 games this season to go along with 14 multi-point games.
Mar 25 - 10:12 PM

Only one player scored a goal in the St. Louis Blues' 1-0 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday: David Backes.

He tipped in the game-winning goal just outside the window of it being a power-play goal, but it was obviously a GWG. Backes has 24 goals and 50 points in 66 games this season. The rugged forward also had six hits, three SOG and two PIM tonight.
Mar 23 - 4:23 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1David Backes
2Patrik Berglund
3Vladimir Sobotka
4Maxim Lapierre
LW1Alexander Steen
2Jaden Schwartz
3Brenden Morrow
4Steve Ott
5Magnus Paajarvi
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Vladimir Tarasenko
3Derek Roy
4Keith Aucoin
5Dmitrij Jaskin
6Adam Cracknell
7Ryan Reaves
8Chris Porter
D1Alex Pietrangelo
2Kevin Shattenkirk
3Jay Bouwmeester
4Barret Jackman
5Roman Polak
6Jordan Leopold
7Ian Cole
8Carlo Colaiacovo
G1Ryan Miller
2Brian Elliott
3Niklas Lundstrom