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42 David Backes C
Height/Weight: 6-3/221 | Birthdate: 5/1/1984 | Birthplace: Minneapolis, MN, USA | Team: St. Louis Blues | College: Minnesota State | NHL Experience: 8 | Salary: $3,750,000 | Owned/Started%: 92/62 | Average Draft Position: 100.28
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11/23/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Scores In Win

News: David Backes netted a power-play goal in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Jets.
Analysis: David Backes now has six goals with five coming with the man advantage. With 10 points through 20 games, he's on pace for about 40 by the end of the season which, while not as high as his previous career totals, is still worthy of fantasy consideration.

11/16/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Registers Goal And Assist In Win

News: David Backes registered his first even-strength goal of the season and an assist in Saturday's win over the Capitals.
Analysis: David Backes is up to five goals and nine points in 16 games this season, to go with a minus-2 rating. While that production is respectable, it really doesn't compare to the ridiculous offensive contributions the team has received from the Jaden Schwartz-Jori Lehtera-Vladimir Tarasenko line. With the way that trio is playing, nobody has really noticed that Backes is on pace to post his lowest full-season point total in four years. Backes is still a very reliable fantasy option, however, as he should post another season in the 25-goal range.

11/12/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Scores In Blowout

News: David Backes scored his fourth goal Tuesday in a 6-1 win over Buffalo. He added three shots and four hits.
Analysis: David Backes has seven points in 14 games and all four of his goals have come on the power play. He was slowed by a concussion a couple of weeks ago, but now that he is healthy he should be getting back to form.

11/7/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Scores In Win

News: David Backes scored his third goal of the season Thursday in a win over New Jersey. He added four shots, three hits and two blocked shots, but was also minus-2 on the night.
Analysis: David Backes is off to a bit of a slow start, with just six points in 12 games. He also recently missed a game with a concussion. While we expect him to get things on track, Backes has been known to have disappointing encores to his finest seasons.

11/1/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes To Return Saturday

News: David Backes (concussion) will return to the lineup Saturday against the Avalanche.
Analysis: David Backes was initially ruled out indefinitely after sustaining the head injury in Tuesday's game against Dallas, but he progressed more rapidly than expected through the league's concussion protocol. He practiced Friday and took part in all line rushes and power-play drills at Saturday's morning skate, clearing the way for his return to the lineup. He'll have missed just one contest due to the concussion.

10/31/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Questionable for Saturday's Game

News: David Backes is questionable for the Blues' Saturday night match with the Avalanche, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: David Backes is still recovering from a concussion he sustained on Tuesday night. The team will see how Backes feels Saturday morning before making a decision on whether or not the veteran winger will suit up for the game.

10/31/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes (Concussion) Passes Baseline Tests

News: David Backes passed his baseline concussion tests and was able to skate Friday morning, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: While David Backes' presence on the ice represents encouragement, he still has to pass several more steps of the concussion protocol before receiving the green light to return to the lineup. His return shouldn't be viewed as forthcoming until he absorbs full contact in practices.

10/30/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Diagnosed With Concussion

News: David Backes has been diagnosed with a concussion and is considered out indefinitely, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis: As the Blues feared when David Backes hit his head hard on the ice Tuesday night, the captain suffered a concussion and will now be subjected to the league protocol. Coach Ken Hitchcock also said T.J. Oshie was out indefinitely with a concussion sustained Tuesday night, depriving the Blues of two of their top-line stalwarts. While Backes doesn't have an exhaustive list of concussions on his career ledger, the head injury certainly isn't foreign to him, making it tough to project how soon he may be able to return to the ice.

10/29/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Misses Optional Team Skate

News: Not surprisingly, David Backes did not participate in the Blues' practice on Wednesday, Lou Korac of the Blues' official site reports.
Analysis: The practice was only optional, so it's difficult to discern David Backes' condition after being removed from Tuesday's game against the Stars with an apparent head injury. More likely than not, Backes remains in observation under the league's concussion protocol, which places his status for Thursday's game against the Ducks in jeopardy. The 30-year-old winger has scored two goals and contributed three assists in eight games played this season.

10/28/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Leaves With Upper-Body Injury

News: David Backes was removed from Tuesday's game against the Stars with an upper-body injury and will not return.
Analysis: David Backes fell hard and appeared to hit his head on the ice during the first period of action. He remained down on the ice for a while before finally ambling to his feet and heading to the locker room. He'll more than likely be evaluated for a possible concussion over the next 24 hours, putting his status in peril for the Blues' critical showdown with the Ducks on Thursday.

10/19/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Strikes On Power Play In Win

News: David Backes netted a power-play goal and added an assist in Saturday's blowout win over Arizona.
Analysis: David Backes has started the season with four points in his first four games, including two power-play goals. The top-line center also had three hits and four shots Saturday, a prime example of the value he provides in almost all fantasy categories. Backes appears destined for another 50-60 point campaign in 2014-15.

10/12/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Scores First Of Season

News: David Backes scored his first goal of the season on the power play Saturday against Calgary.
Analysis: David Backes filled the entire stat sheet against the Flames taking three shots, blocking one, adding a hit and two penalty minutes.

10/6/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Finishes Preseason With Three Points

News: David Backes finished the preseason with three goals and no assists in three games played.
Analysis: The winger finished last season with 57 points and though he's preparing for his age-30 season, his outlook appears similarly rosy. David Backes will slot back in as a top-six forwards, and while the addition of Paul Stastny may cut into his ice time, the captain has more than enough talent around him to maintain his lofty production.

10/6/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues Put Backes Back On Top Line

News: David Backes will center wingers Patrick Berglund and TJ Oshie on the Blues top line to start the year, according to coach Ken Hitchcock, reports Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Analysis: David Backes has played a lot with Berglund and Oshie with good success. They should pick up where they left off.

4/28/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Played Through Broken Toe

News: David Backes played through a broken toe in four games of the Blues' series with the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: David Backes missed the other two contests of the series after taking an illegal hit to the head in Game 2 from the Blackhawks' Brent Seabrook, but it sounds like he entered the postseason already playing on a bum wheel. He only had a point in the four games he ended up suiting up. With the offseason to rest up, look for Backes to be a full-go by the time training camp starts.

4/25/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes (Head): Eight Hits In Return

News: David Backes (head) returned to action Friday night. He played 21:35 and fired two shots on net, laid eight hits and finished minus-2.
Analysis: He seemed a half-step out of sync early, but by the second period, he had the jets fired up. It's only a matter of time before he nets a point or two. That is, if the Blues can come back in this series. They are down 3-2 to the Blackhawks.

4/25/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes (Head) In Lineup Friday

News: David Backes (head) should be in the lineup for Game 5 after taking the ice in pregame warmups, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: David Backes was a big question mark after he missed morning skate on Friday and Derek Roy was in his place, but it appears he will give it a go on Friday. He hasn't played since being knocked out of Game 2, but will look to help the Blues take the lead in the series.

4/25/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes (Head) Misses Morning Skate

News: David Backes (head) did not participate in Friday's morning skate, but has not yet been ruled out for Game 5 against the Blackhawks, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: David Backes has not played since Chicago's Brent Seabrook knocked him out of Game 2 with a hit that resulted in a suspension. Since he didn't skate Friday morning, it's probably unlikely that he'll play in the evening contest. Nonetheless, more news on his availability should surface closer to game time.

4/25/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Not On The Ice Thursday

News: David Backes (head) did not take the ice Thursday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Analysis: Of more import is what David Backes does (or doesn't do) Friday, as Game 5 of the Blues' playoff series against the Blackhawks -- which is now deadlocked at 2-2 -- continues that evening.

4/24/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Iffy For Wednesday

News: Coach Ken Hitchcock did not elaborate on the status of David Backes (head) for Wednesday's Game 4 against the Blackhawks, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: We do know that David Backes wasn't on the ice for the team's Wednesday morning skate, so his status for the Blues' evening tilt against Chicago remains cloudy. When asked if Backes might play Wednesday, all Hitchcock would reveal was, "he wasn't available for the pre-game skate."

4/23/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes (Head) Scratched Wednesday

News: David Backes (head) is listed as a scratch for Wednesday's Game 4 against the Blackhawks, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Analysis: David Backes missed both Wednesday morning's skate and pregame warmups, suggesting that it would only be a matter of time before this decision was announced. He'll need to continue to show improvement in order to be cleared for Game 5.

4/23/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes (Head) Not On The Ice For Warmups

News: David Backes is not on the ice for pregame warmups, suggesting that he won't be playing Wednesday night against the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: This could be a bit of trickery, but all signs are pointing towards David Backes missing Game 4 of the series. He also wasn't on the ice for Wednesday's morning skate, further stacking the odds against him.

4/23/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Not At Morning Skate

News: Backs (head) did not participate in the team's morning skate Wednesday, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis: There were rumors that David Backes could return for Wednesday's Game 4 in Chicago, but his absence from the morning skate makes that unlikely. It's probably safest not to start him in fantasy leagues unless we hear differently closer to game time.

4/22/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Could Return For Game 4

News: David Backes (head) appears to have made enough improvement over the last few days to have a legitimate chance at playing in Wednesday's Game 4 against the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: Though coach Ken Hitchcock declined to provide an update on his status, David Backes appears to have avoided a concussion during the illegal hit he took from the Blackhawks' Brent Seabrook in Game 2. Hitchcock will likely wait and see how Backes looks during Wednesday's morning skate before making a determination on the captain's status for Game 4.

4/21/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Out For Monday's Game

News: David Backes (head) won't play Monday against the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: Losing David Backes is a big hit to the Blues up front, but on the plus side, the team will welcome Patrik Berglund back to the mix on Monday.