Backes was moved to the Blues' top line on Monday.
Backes has spent the majority of the season playing alongside mediocre wingers, but on Monday he was moved to the top line with Vladimir Tarasenko and Alex Steen. Backes has just six points (3G / 3A) in 17 games this season, so moving him to the top line should help spark some production.
Backes missed practice on Wednesday, but was on the ice for the Blues morning skate and will play tonight vs. the Islanders. Backes is not 100 percent, but he will wear a protective face shield and do what he can. Backes has 12 points (7G / 5A) in 27 games this season.
Backes was at the rink on Wednesday, but did not practice. Head coach Ken Hitchcock said Backes is still in pain and is doubtful for Thursday’s contest vs. the Islanders. With Backes out, Chris Porter would draw into the lineup and Patrik Berglund would centre a line with T.J Oshie and Alex Steen.
Backes is not out there for practice for the second straight day. He took a puck to the face on Monday vs. the Panthers and could be in danger of missing tomorrow’s game vs. the Islanders. Backes is a tough dude, so I would expect him to play, but monitor his status during Thursday’s morning skate.
Backes left Monday’s game after taking a T.J Oshie shot to the face, but he returned later with a full cage. If he was able to return to the game last night, fully expect to see him in the lineup on Thursday.
Backes has been cleared to play after missing just one game with a concussion that he suffered on Tuesday vs. Dallas. With no lingering concussion-like symptoms, Backes will return and centre the Blues top-line tonight. He has two goals and three assists in eight games this season.
Backes missed Thursday's game with a concussion that he suffered on Tuesday. He likely won't play on Saturday vs. Colorado, but the fact that he is back on the ice already is good news for the Blues and Backes owners. He is day-to-day.
Backes will not play Thursday and has been diagnosed with a concussion.
Backes suffered the concussion on a collision with Trevor Daley on Tuesday. With Backes out, Jori Lehtera will centre the Blues top-line. Backes should be considered day-to-day, but concussions are tricky.
Backes left Tuesday's game with an upper-body injury and did not return.
Backes suffered the injury in the first period when he collided with Stars' defenseman Trevor Daley in the offensive zone. Backes hit the ice hard and suffered what the Blues are calling an upper-body injury. St. Louis hosts Anaheim on Thursday, so expect an update on Wednesday or Thursday morning.
Backes missed the last three games of the regular season with a foot injury, but he will play on Thursday in game vs. Chicago. Backes had 27 goals and 30 assists in 74 games this season--two goals and one assist came in five games vs. the Blackhawks.