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Wed. Apr 23, 2014 Subscribe 
News: Coach Ken Hitchcock did not elaborate on the status of Backes (head) for Wednesday's Game 4 against the Blackhawks, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Impact: We do know that 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."(RotoWire, )
Wed. Apr 23, 2014
News: Backes (head) is listed as a scratch for Wednesday's Game 4 against the Blackhawks, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Impact: 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.(RotoWire, )
Wed. Apr 23, 2014
News: 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. Impact: This could be a bit of trickery, but all signs are pointing towards 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.(RotoWire, )
Wed. Apr 23, 2014
News: Backs (head) did not participate in the team's morning skate Wednesday, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports. Impact: There were rumors that 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.(RotoWire, )
Tue. Apr 22, 2014
News: 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. Impact: Though coach Ken Hitchcock declined to provide an update on his status, 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.(RotoWire, )
Mon. Apr 21, 2014
News: Backes is out because of an upper-body injury. Impact: Backes was wiped out by a big hit from Blackhawks defenseman Bren Seabrook in the third period of St. Louis' 4-3 overtime victory Saturday. The captain was helped off the ice and did not return. Seabrook received a five-minute major and game misconduct penalty. He then was suspended for three games by the NHL.(STATS, 4:04pm)
Mon. Apr 21, 2014
News: Backes (head) won't play Monday against the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Impact: Losing 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.(RotoWire, )
Mon. Apr 21, 2014
News: Backes (head) was not on the ice with his teammates Monday morning, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Impact: Though 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.(RotoWire, )
Sat. Apr 19, 2014
News: St. Louis rallied Saturday after Chicago's Brent Seabrook received a five-minute major and game misconduct penalty for his hit on Backes that could lead to a suspension for one of Chicago's top defensemen. Impact: The Blues captain had to be helped off the ice, went straight to the locker room and did not return for the extra period. His future playoff status is uncertain. (STATS, 10:57pm)
Sat. Apr 19, 2014
News: Speaking after Saturday's Game 2, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said Backes (head) is "not good," Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. Impact: 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.(RotoWire, )
Sat. Apr 19, 2014
News: 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. Impact: After crushing 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.(RotoWire, )
Thu. Apr 17, 2014
News: Coach Ken Hitchcock confirmed after morning skate that Backes (foot) would be in the lineup for Thursday's Game 1 vs. the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Impact: As expected, 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.(RotoWire, )
Tue. Apr 15, 2014
News: 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. Impact: Coach Ken Hitchcock declined to relay definitive word on 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.(RotoWire, )
Apr 13, 2014
News: Backes (foot) will miss Sunday's regular-season finale, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Impact: Backes will join seven fellow teammates out of the lineup on Sunday. This game will be Backes' third straight out of the lineup, 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.(RotoWire, )
Fri. Apr 11, 2014
News: Backes (foot) will not play in Friday's game against the Stars. Impact: 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.(RotoWire, )
Thu. Apr 10, 2014
News: Coach Ken Hitchcock said Backes (foot) could miss the Blues' final three games of the regular season, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Impact: 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.(RotoWire, )
Wed. Apr 9, 2014
News: Backes has a lower-body injury. Impact: Backes' status for the playoffs is not known.(STATS, 3:26pm)
Wed. Apr 9, 2014
News: Backes (foot) will not play Thursday against the Wild, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. Impact: 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.(RotoWire, )
Wed. Apr 9, 2014
News: Backes (foot) did not practice Wednesday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. Impact: 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.(RotoWire, )
David Backes
2013-14 Season
G
27
A
30
PTS
57
+/-
14
Bio
Ht: 6' 3"  Wt: 221  Age: 29
Born: 5/1/1984, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Shoots: right
Drafted: 2003 - Rd 2
(62nd overall by the Blues)
Injury Status
4/19/2014
Day to day. (Upper-body injury)