Backes missed the last three games with an upper-body injury but will return to the lineup tonight vs. Columbus. Backes will centre the first line with Jaden Schwartz and T.J Oshie. He has 30 points (16G / 14A) in 35 games.
Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said "don't go to the back" that Backes is out tonight. It was reported that he had a great, hard-working practice on Wednesday and could be in the lineup tonight. The Blues will hit the ice for warmups at 7:30 pm EST, monitor Backes' status then.
Backes (upper-body) is on the ice for the Blues morning skate.
Backes missed Sunday's game, but his participation in this morning's skate suggests that he could be in the lineup tonight in Minnesota. Backes has been excellent this season, so his return would be a welcomed sight for the Blues and his fantasy owners who have enjoyed 30 points (16G / 14A) in 35 games. Monitor his status following the morning skate.
Backes missed Sunday's game in Dallas but was on the ice for Blues practice today. He has missed three of the last six games with an upper-body ailment. The Blues are back in action on Tuesday, monitor Backes' status following the morning skate.
Backes (upper-body) will return to the Blues lineup tonight.
Backes missed the last two games after suffering an upper-body injury mid-way through Monday's contest in Ottawa. His return will be a huge lift for the Blues when they take on the Oilers tonight. He will return back to his spot on the top-line with T.J Oshie and Alex Steen.
Backes (upper-body) will not play tonight. Listed as day-to-day.
David Backes has played in 274 straight regular season games (289 including playoffs) and has not missed a game since January 25, 2010. Backes has been great this season posting 16 goals and 14 assists (30 points) in 32 games. If Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Sobotka are unable to go tonight, the Blues will likely have to go with seven defensemen.
Coach Ken Hitchcock is awaiting word from the medical staff on the availability of several players, including captain David Backes, who left Monday's game in second period after taking the brunt of a hit from Ottawa's Colin Greening in the head or jaw area.
A woozy Backes appeared to struggle with his equilibrium as he went straight to the locker room. Backes has missed only three games in the past six seasons, but he was listed as day-to-day after the game and the Blues are waiting to see if his absence will be extended.