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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%: 96/82 | Average Draft Position: 100.46
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1/17/2015

David Backes, C, STL Blues' Backes: 13 Points In Last Six Games

David Backes

Blues' Backes: 13 Points In Last Six Games

News: David Backes picked up two assists Saturday in a win over Toronto to extend his current point streak to six games and 13 points (seven goals, six assists).
Analysis: Wow -- he'd stressed his owners with 19 points in his first 38 games. But has turned up the heat to broil in the last half-dozen outings. Enjoy the run.

1/16/2015

David Backes, C, STL Backes Scores On Power Play In Blues' Loss

David Backes

Backes Scores On Power Play In Blues' Loss

News: David Backes helped the Blues salvage a point Thursday, scoring a third-period power-play goal that sparked a comeback to push the game to overtime.
Analysis: All David Backes has done over the last five games is score seven goals and tack on four assists. No big deal. This one was actually a step down for him, considering that Backes had collected multiple points in each of the last four. Just one point? Don't hold out on us, David.

1/13/2015

David Backes, C, STL Four Straight Multi-Point Games For Blues' Backes

David Backes

Four Straight Multi-Point Games For Blues' Backes

News: David Backes rattled off his fourth consecutive multi-point effort Tuesday against Edmonton, picking up a goal and an assist to go with a plus-2 rating and six hits.
Analysis: He also won nine of 12 faceoffs, which is nice. But what's really sharp is that total of 10 points -- including six goals! -- in his last four games. David Backes and the Blues look unstoppable right now.

1/11/2015

David Backes, C, STL Blues' Backes Still Red Hot With Two Assists

David Backes

Blues' Backes Still Red Hot With Two Assists

News: David Backes picked up two helpers Saturday in a shootout win over Carolina. It was his third multi-point effort in a row and he was plus-1 with two PIM, three shots, four hits, and a blocked shot in the stat sheet stuffing effort.
Analysis: The whole Blues offense is clicking right now and David Backes is eating well as a result with eight points in his las three games. The hot streak has helped his point total recover from a slow start and brings him up to 27 points in 41 games. That's probably where owners expected him to be at this point, only with a smoother production curve, and he should top 50 points again, as usual.

1/8/2015

David Backes, C, STL Backes Strikes Again For Blues

David Backes

Backes Strikes Again For Blues

News: David Backes followed up his four-goal Tuesday by potting another goal and adding an assist in Thursday's win over the Sharks.
Analysis: Sure, the goal in particular was meaningless, being the final tally in a 7-2 shellacking, but that's still six points in two games for David Backes, who's suddenly heating up in a big way after a rough start to the year offensively.

1/7/2015

David Backes, C, STL Backes Powers Blues With Four-Goal Outburst

David Backes

Backes Powers Blues With Four-Goal Outburst

News: David Backes scored four consecutive goals -- the first two on the power play -- to account for much of the damage in Tuesday's 6-0 rout of Arizona.
Analysis: Now that's a supernatural hat trick. David Backes has been having a slow year, but games like this can really jump-start things. He's been looking better in general lately, having now tallied seven points over the course of a four-game road trip. We all know Backes -- a two-time 30-goal man -- is capable of taking his game to another level, but the fact remains that Tuesday accounts for nearly a third of his season goal total. Let's see some more, huh, David?

1/3/2015

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Chips In Assist Friday

News: David Backes grabbed an assist, fired three shots on net and finished with a plus-1 rating in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Ducks.
Analysis: Captain David Backes now has four points over his last four games and 19 in 37 contests this season. Owners are hoping that his seven points, 28 SOG and 15 PIM in his last 11 games are a sign that the 30-year-old power forward is awaking from a frustrating slumber this year, as his nine goals and minus-5 rating are well off the mark of his 27-goal, plus-14 ledger from 2013-14.

12/31/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Contributes Two Helpers

News: David Backes assisted on both St. Louis goals and went minus-1 in Tuesday's loss to the Predators.
Analysis: He won 10 of 15 faceoffs and picked up the primary assists on tallies by Chris Butler and T.J. Oshie, but was also on the ice for all three Nashville goals. David Backes' stats continue to lag, as he has just 18 points and a minus-6 rating in 36 games, but the return of Brian Elliott to the Blues' net should help the whole team undergo a plus/minus correction. The missing offense is a bigger question mark, as the Blues' top-line center simply hasn't been able to find his stride all year long.

12/19/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Scores In Loss; Heating Up

News: David Backes scored a power-play goal, his eighth overall, Thursday in a loss to the Kings. He added a minus-2 rating, two hits and a blocked shot in the contest.
Analysis: David Backes now has points in three of his last four games to raise his season total to 15 points in 31 games. His performance has been underwhelming this season, so a hot streak is welcome.

12/12/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Skates 16:17 In Return

News: David Backes (face) registered an assist and three shots on goal over 16:17 of ice time in Thursday's win over the Islanders.
Analysis: Though he was forced to wear a face mask, David Backes didn't seem to experience a notable decline in the quality of his play. However, with 13 points and a minus-4 rating through 28 games, he has been mostly a disappointment so far this season.

12/11/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes (Face) Draws In Thursday

News: Coach Ken Hitchcock confirmed that David Backes (face) will be in the lineup Thursday against the Islanders, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Analysis: This qualifies as a surprise after David Backes was off the ice for each of the last two days while he continued to experience pain from some facial lacerations that he sustained Monday night, along with a few lost teeth. Backes will be forced to wear a full face shield to protect himself from further aggravation Thursday night, but it doesn't sound like he'll notice any other limitations. However, if Backes experiences even slight discomfort with his injury while playing, expect Hitchcock to rein in his ice time.

12/10/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes (Face) Doubtful To Play Thursday

News: David Backes (face) appears doubtful to play Thursday against the Islanders, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: David Backes has missed practice each of the past two days while he continues to be in pain from the facial lacerations he suffered in Monday's tilt with the Panthers. Furthermore, coach Ken Hitchcock noted that Backes would be forced to wear a face shield for multiple games once he returns, which could come Saturday if he experiences enough healing over the next few days.

12/9/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Feeling Discomfort

News: David Backes (face) remained away from the team during Tuesday's practice a night after taking a puck to the mouth area, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: David Backes left Monday's game in the first period before returning with a face cage in the second, but didn't suit up for the final 20 minutes. Fortunately for Backes, the Blues have ruled out a concussion, which have the plagued the center the last couple of seasons. Instead, it appears some facial lacerations and dental work were the primary concerns for Backes, who remains in plenty of discomfort. The Blues will reassess his condition at Wednesday's practice before determining if he might be able to play Thursday versus the Islanders.

12/8/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes' (Face) Returns To Ice Monday

News: David Backes returned to the ice Monday against the Panthers but did so with a face cage, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Analysis: David Backes left the ice for a brief period of time before making his eventual return after suffering an apparent injury to the face. When considering that he was able to play through the injury Monday, it seems reasonable to assume that he'll be in good shape to play Thursday against the Islanders.

12/8/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Leaves With Injury Monday

News: David Backes left Monday's game against the Panthers with an unspecified injury and it's still unclear whether or not he'll return to the ice, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Analysis: David Backes should be considered day-to-day until the Blues release further information about his injury. If he is unable to make a return to the ice Monday, his next opportunity to prove his health will be against the Islanders on Thursday.

11/30/2014

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Scores In Win

News: David Backes scored his seventh goal of the season Saturday in a win over the Wild. He was plus-1 and took two shots, added two hits and two blocked shots.
Analysis: David Backes has struggled to get untracked offensively this season, but he scored twice and has eight shots on net in his last four games. Hopefully this is a sign he is getting in the swing of things.

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.