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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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David Backes scored a goal in Friday's 3-2 shootout win over Carolina.
The 30-year-old forward has now extended his point-streak to nine games and he has collected at least a point in 11 of his last 12 games. Backes' first period goal gave the Blues a 2-0 lead in the game, but the Hurricanes were able to tie it up and force a shootout. Backes has 17 goals and 35 points in 47 games this season. Ryan Reaves also scored in regulation for the Blues, while Kevin Shattenkirk scored the shootout winner. Jan 30 - 10:09 PM

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David Backes had two assists in Saturday's 3-0 win over Toronto.

After getting off to a slow start offensively, Backes has really picked it up in 2015. He is on a six-game point streak, and he has picked up 13 points during that span. The 30-year-old 16 goals and 16 assists in 44 games this season. Backes' assists came on third period goals from Alex Steen and T.J. Oshie.
Jan 18 - 10:23 AM

Look for Blues' coach Ken Hitchcock to play the David Backes, T.J. Oshie, Alexander Steen line against Toronto's top line Saturday night.

He intends to have the Backes line go head-to-head with the Phil Kessel, Tyler Bozak, James vanRiemsdyk unit. As the Blues are at home and have the last change, this is not good news for the Buds and the Kessel line. Keep an eye on this Saturday night. It should be an interesting matchup.
Jan 17 - 2:01 PM

David Backes kept his point streak flowing despite a 3-2 overtime loss for the Blues on Thursday night.

Backes has 11 points in his past five games, a span in which he's scored seven goals. Backes has 16 goals and 14 assists on the season for 30 points in 43 games. The 30-year-old will look to keep the mojo going on Saturday night versus the Maple Leafs.
Jan 16 - 12:34 AM

David Backes continued his torrid stretch Tuesday night by finding the back of the net in a 4-2 victory over the Oilers.

The veteran center has now amassed 10 points over his last four outings, a streak that began with his four-goal performance against the Coyotes last week. His blend of scoring and toughness is always an asset in the fantasy game. Vladimir Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz and Alexander Steen also notched goals for the Blues in the win.
Jan 14 - 12:06 AM

David Backes was named the NHL's first star of the week.

Backes was an easy choice after scoring five goals and eight points in three contests. He had a four-goal night on Tuesday and recorded two points in each of his subsequent two contests. He wasn't having the best of campaigns before that outburst, but now Backes has 14 goals and 27 points in 41 contests.
Jan 12 - 12:21 PM

David Backes generated a goal and an assist in Thursday's 7-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

Backes buried four goals on Tuesday versus Arizona and he continued his hot play against the Sharks. He has six goals and four assists in his last seven matches. Backes has seen his scoring touch return since he was reunited with Alexander Steen and T.J. Oshie, who both had a goal and a helper each in the game as well.
Jan 9 - 12:00 PM

David Backes exploded for four straight goals in St. Louis' 6-0 blowout win over Arizona on Tuesday.

With the Coyotes without Martin Hanzel, they had no answer down the middle of the ice for Blues' center. It was his second career four goal game. Two of the goals were on the power-play and Backes added six shots and four hits for a monster effort. It's good to see from Backes as he he had just two goals in 15 games previous to this one.T.J. Oshie recorded three assists while Paul Stastny, Alex Steen and Patrik Berglund each had two points in the blowout.
Jan 6 - 11:54 PM

David Backes has been playing with T.J. Oshie and Alexander Steen for the past five games.

The reunited trio has been productive for the Blues. "Backes' line is really leading the charge now again, just like they did all last year," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "I think they're getting room on the outside where they did last year. Backes is going to the net, he's playing a real power game right now." Backes has four points (one goal, three assists) during that span, while Oshie has eight (five goals, three assists) and Steen has eight (two goals, six assists).
Jan 5 - 10:59 AM

David Backes set up both of the Blues' goals in a 3-2 loss to Nashville on Tuesday.

His offensive contributions have been sporadic at best this season, as he has recorded nine goals and 18 points in 36 games. Backes has solid numbers in hits and faceoffs, but in offense-only leagues he has been a disappointment.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 10:03:00 AM

David Backes tickled the twine for the Blues, who fell 4-3 to the Stars on Saturday night.

Backes also had nine penalty minutes in the game. He has been a disappointment this season as only his penalty minutes (45) have lived up to fantasy expectations. He has typically been a mid-20s goal scorer with 60-point upside. This season he has just nine goals and 16 points. Alex Pietrangelo and Vladimir Tarasenko potted the other markers.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 11:21:00 PM

David Backes played in his 600th NHL game on Saturday night.

He is the 10th player in franchise history to appear in 600 games. Backes' offensive production has dipped quite a bit so far this season. The 30-year-old has eight goals and 15 points in 32 games for the Blues this year.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 10:19:00 AM

David Backes opened the scoring with his eighth goal of the season on Thursday night, but the Blues still fell to the Kings 6-4.

It was a sick power play tip-in as Backes reached out to his left and pulled the puck towards him using the shaft to beat Jonathan Quick. The Captain leads the team in power play points with six.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 02:48:00 AM

David Backes will be in the lineup for St. Louis on Thursday after taking a puck to the mouth on Monday.

He was forced to leave the game after trying to play through it. Backes was wearing a full face cage during the morning skate. Get him in your lineup if you normally would.
Thu, Dec 11, 2014 12:32:00 PM

David Backes (mouth) didn't skate or participate in off-ice workouts on Wednesday.

"He did show up, but we didn't want him practicing," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow, to see if he can skate in the morning. He just came in, visited, said 'hello' to everybody and left." Backes was hit in the mouth by a slap shot on Monday and it's unclear if he'll be available to play on Thursday.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 05:46:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1David Backes
2Paul Stastny
3Jori Lehtera
4Patrik Berglund
5Marcel Goc
LW1Alexander Steen
2Jaden Schwartz
3Joakim Lindstrom
4Steve Ott
5John McCarthy
6Ty Rattie
RW1Vladimir Tarasenko
2T.J. Oshie
3Dmitrij Jaskin
4Chris Porter
5Ryan Reaves
D1Kevin Shattenkirk
2Alex Pietrangelo
3Jay Bouwmeester
4Carl Gunnarsson
5Barret Jackman
6Chris Butler
7Ian Cole
G1Brian Elliott
2Jake Allen