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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%: 96/74 | Average Draft Position: 100.46
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3/2/2015

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Tallies Two Points In Loss

News: David Backes scored his 21st goal of the season, dished out an assist and recorded seven hits in Sunday's loss to the Canucks.
Analysis: A good all-around fantasy outing from the Blues' first-line center, who now has 43 points and 88 PIM in 63 games. The 30-year-old is a reliable goal-scorer who contributes in multiple fantasy categories.

2/25/2015

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Scores In Loss

News: David Backes scored his 20th goal of the season Tuesday in a 5-2 loss to Montreal. He was plus-1 with three shots, four hits, and two blocks in the contest.
Analysis: David Backes reaches the 20-goal mark for the fourth consecutive full season (not counting the lockout) and has 41 points on the year. After a scorching hot January and early February, this was his first point in four games. Backes played with T.J. Oshie and Patrik Berglund in this one, and the trio had some chemistry -- hopefully it will start another hot streak for Backes.

2/22/2015

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Racks Up 12 PIM In Loss

News: David Backes picked up 12 PIM and dished out four hits in Saturday's loss to the Penguins.
Analysis: While he's been held pointless in four straight games, the gritty top-line center has picked up 16 PIM in that span. He's got 19 goals and 40 points in 58 games and should get back on the scoresheet soon enough. He's on track for another 25-goal, 55-point season.

2/13/2015

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Stuffs Stat Sheet In Win

News: David Backes scored the game-winning goal among his four shots, added on a assist, went plus-3 and racked up four PIM in Thursday's win over the Lightning.
Analysis: Now that's cross-category contribution -- but it's something David Backes owners should be accustomed to, as their man has provided one of the finest points-and-PIM combos in the league, as usual. After going buck-wild in January, he's calmed down in February, but remains a consistent fantasy contributor.

2/9/2015

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Scores In Loss

News: David Backes scored his 18th goal of the season Sunday in a 4-2 loss to Chicago. He took three shots and added four hits and a blocked shot in the contest.
Analysis: While his recent point streak came to an end, David Backes continues to roll offensively - half of his goals and 19 of his 37 on the season have come since the calendar flipped to 2015. The production will flatten out, but Backes is back to being what his owners expected at the start of the year and should finish with 50-60 points and another 25 goal season under his belt.

2/2/2015

David Backes, C, STL

David Backes

Blues' Backes Sees Streak End With Ejection

News: David Backes' nine-game point streak came to an end Sunday in a win over the Caps when he was ejected for boarding on Washington defenseman Karl Alzner. He was assessed 15 PIM and credited with two hits prior to his ejection.
Analysis: David Backes hit Alzner squarely in the back and while it may not result in a suspension the ejection was automatic because Alzner was cut above his eye. In his nine-game point streak Backes wracked up an impressive 16 points (to bring his season total to 35) and it included five multi-point efforts.

1/31/2015

David Backes, C, STL Blues' Backes Keeps Rolling With Goal Versus Canes

David Backes

Blues' Backes Keeps Rolling With Goal Versus Canes

News: David Backes picked up his 17th goal of the year Friday in a shootout win over Carolina to extend his point streak to nine games. He took three shots and added five hits and three blocks on the night.
Analysis: David Backes has eight goals and 16 points during his streak, which is just outstanding. That pace over a full season would produce 145 points. He has accumulated nearly half of his season point total during the past month as he rips up the league.

1/30/2015

David Backes, C, STL Blues' Backes Still Streaking

David Backes

Blues' Backes Still Streaking

News: David Backes recorded an assist and four shots on goal in Thursday's win over the Predators to improve his point streak to eight games. He's provided a goal or assist in 10 of his last 11 contests.
Analysis: More impressive than the streak itself is how many of those games have been multi-point efforts (five). It's added up to seven goals, eight assists, and a plus-11 rating during that stretch. It's safe to say that kind of production plays in any league.

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.