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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-Mankato | NHL Experience: 8 | Salary: $3,750,000 | Owned/Started%: 94/86
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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.

4/21/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Not On The Ice Monday

News: David Backes (head) was not on the ice with his teammates Monday morning, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: Though David Backes made the trip to Chicago with the Blues, it doesn't look like the forward will be available for Monday night's Game 3.

4/19/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Not Doing Well After Injury

News: Speaking after Saturday's Game 2, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said David Backes (head) is "not good," Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Analysis: David Backes took a hard hit to the head from Chicago's Brent Seabrook during Saturday's game, and it was immediately clear that the star center would not be able to return. He had trouble standing up on the ice, displaying obvious symptoms of a head injury or concussion. The early signs for his Game 3 availability are not good, to say the least.

4/19/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Takes Hard Hit To Head

News: David Backes left Saturday's Game 2 after taking a vicious blow to the head from Chicago's Brent Seabrook, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: After crushing David Backes with a forearm to the head, Seabrook may have a suspension coming on top of the game misconduct he received. The hit couldn't have looked much worse, as Backes didn't have the puck, and his head smacked against the boards after Seabrook crushed him. Fortunately, Backes was conscious and able to leave the ice under his own power, but he struggled to stand up, according to ESPN Chicago. While this could have been much, much worse, it will still be a major surprise if Backes isn't diagnosed with a concussion.

4/17/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Will Play In Game 1

News: Coach Ken Hitchcock confirmed after morning skate that David Backes (foot) would be in the lineup for Thursday's Game 1 vs. the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: As expected, David Backes will man the top line for the Blues upon completing the morning skate without incident. He missed the final three games of the regular season with the foot injury.

4/15/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Expected Back For Game 1

News: David Backes (foot) is expected to be back in the lineup for Game 1 of the Blues' series with the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: Coach Ken Hitchcock declined to relay definitive word on David Backes' status for the game, but he's generally expected to be good to go after resting his injury for the last week. The Blues' offense completely vanished at the tail end of the regular season, and they'll need a rejuvenated Backes to get linemates Alexander Steen and T.J. Oshie going again. Backes finished third on the team with 57 points during the regular season.

4/13/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes (Foot) Won't Suit Up Sunday

News: David Backes (foot) will miss Sunday's regular season finale for the Blues, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: David Backes will join seven fellow teammates out of the lineup on Sunday. The game will be Backes' third straight missed, so the question becomes whether he'll be ready to go for the first game of the playoffs after a few more days of rest.

4/11/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Out Friday

News: David Backes (foot) will not play in Friday's game against the Stars.
Analysis: David Backes will miss his second straight game Friday night, and it seems likely that he will sit out Sunday's regular season finale as well. Backes will have a few days to rest up before the Blues begin postseason play next week.

4/10/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Could Be Out For Final Three Games

News: Coach Ken Hitchcock said David Backes (foot) could miss the Blues' final three games of the regular season, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: David Backes declined to comment on his status after Thursday's morning skate, but he was spotted with a walking boot at the session. He's already been ruled out for Thursday's contest against the Wild. Although Backes' availability for the rest of the regular season remains in doubt, Hitchcock didn't seem overly concerned about his status for the postseason. That should make Backes still worthy of owning in playoff pools.

4/9/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Ruled Out For Thursday

News: David Backes (foot) will not play Thursday against the Wild, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Analysis: David Backes missed the second half of Tuesday's game after being hit in the foot with a puck, and sat out Wednesday's practice as well. He's still questionable for Friday's game against the Stars, but he won't be available Thursday.

4/9/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Misses Practice With Injury

News: David Backes (foot) did not practice Wednesday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Analysis: The Blues captain took a puck off his skate during the second period of Tuesday's loss to the Capitals, and didn't return to the game. There's no update on his status yet, but there's a chance the team could shut him down to try and get him healthy for the playoffs even if the injury isn't that serious.

3/27/2014

David Backes, C, STL Blues' Backes Pitches In Two Points Thursday

David Backes

Blues' Backes Pitches In Two Points Thursday

News: Just one game removed from his hat trick in Toronto, David Backes pitched in a pair of assists in Thursday's 5-1 blowout of the Wild.
Analysis: Both of David Backes' helpers came on goals by T.J. Oshie, who followed up the captain's hat trick with one of his own against Minnesota. With five points in the last two games and 55 on the year -- his most in four seasons -- he's within striking distance of his career high of 62 from 2010-2011. As if that weren't enough for fantasy owners, his 97 PIM are the most among the NHL's top 40 scorers - a nice little cherry on top of a terrific season. The Blues play six of their last nine at Scottrade Center (where they've already won 26 times), so Backes will have every opportunity to grab the eight points needed for a new career high. Buckle up.

3/25/2014

David Backes, C, STL Backes' Hat Trick Leads Blues Over Leafs

David Backes

Backes' Hat Trick Leads Blues Over Leafs

News: David Backes tallied a hat trick Tuesday during a 5-3 win over Toronto.
Analysis: The third goal was an empty-netter, but you won't hear any of his fantasy owners complaining about that. David Backes, who also scored the game's lone goal on Sunday, has six goals in his last five contests and has a very good chance to reach 30 for the third time in his career.

3/23/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Lights The Lamp

News: David Backes scored the lone goal and had two penalty minutes Sunday against the Penguins.
Analysis: This gives David Backes 24 points and 50 points in 66 games. He also now has five game-winners and 95 penalty minutes.

3/17/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Tallies Two Goals

News: David Backes scored two goals, including a power-play game-winner, and had two penalty minutes against the Jets on Monday.
Analysis: David Backes now has 23 goals, which is a nice bounce back after he only scored six last year. He only has 49 points, but he also has 89 PIM, which isn't surprising, as he has contributed in that fantasy category every year.