Updates from Friday, April 25
CSN's Tracey Myers reports that Backes will play:
It's official: David Backes in. Derek Roy, who was skating in his place this morning, is out. #Blackhawks— Tracey Myers (@TramyersCSN) April 25, 2014
Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch previously reported Backes' status was uncertain:
Backes not ruled out tonight, according to Hitch.#stlblues— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) April 25, 2014
The Blues' official Twitter feed added more info:
No update from Hitchcock on Backes. "There are a lot of rinks in St. Louis, too." #WeAllBleedBlue— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) April 25, 2014
Updates from Thursday, April 24
Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch has the latest on Backes:
Hitch says Backes didn't skate today and "read into it what you will." #stlblues— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) April 24, 2014
Later Rutherford added:
Hitch on Backes: "Hopefully he's able to get back before Seabrook or by Seabrook's time, so it doesn't turn into an advantage for Chicago."— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) April 24, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, April 23
John Shannon of Sportsnet reports David Backes is questionable to play tonight:
Told that David Backes has a "50-50 at best" chance of playing tonight for the Blues in Chicago.— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) April 23, 2014
Lou Korac of NHL.com later confirmed Backes' status for Game 4:
#stlblues starters: Ott-Steen-Oshie; Bouwmeester-Pietrangelo; Miller. Backes officially scratched.— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) April 24, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, April 22
Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune provides a statement from Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock discussing David Backes' injury status:
Blues coach Ken Hitchcock: "We get (David) Backes back in the next two or three games, we're going to even go higher." #Blackhawks— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) April 22, 2014
Updates from Monday, April 21
Sportsnet Hockey Central has the latest on David Backes:
David Backes will not play tonight for the St Louis Blues, Coach Hitchcock says.— Hockey Central (@SNHockeyCentral) April 21, 2014
Dan Rosen of NHL.com had more from Hitchcock on Backes:
Hitch on losing Backes: "What would Chicago be like with losing Toews, and for us Backes is Toews. So it's a big hole for us."— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) April 21, 2014
Updates from Sunday, April 20
If Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round series between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks was Sunday, one thing is certain: Blues captain David Backes would not be playing in it.
Backes, who was injured on a hit by Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook with 4:51 remaining in the third period, did not take the ice Sunday at the Blues' training facility inside the Ice Zone at St. Louis Outlet Mall for an optional skate.
'All I know is he's upright and that's about it right now,' Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. 'We don't have any further information and probably won't have until late [Monday].'
Backes, who did not return to the game, missed time earlier this season with concussion-like symptoms. The Blues didn't disclose the extent of the injury and Hitchcock would not rule Backes out for Game 3 on Monday in Chicago.
St. Louis Blues captain David Backes was knocked out of Game 2 in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. As a result, the Chicago Blackhawks may be without the services of Brent Seabrook for a few games, too.
Backes was skating along the boards when Seabrook leveled him with a massive hit.
Seabrook was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct, while Backes was helped off the ice:
Seabrook with a big hit on Backes in the corner, and he's gone from the game.— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) April 19, 2014
Nick Cotsonika of Yahoo Sports believes Seabrook should be suspended:
Why should Seabrook be suspended? Pretty simple to me. Rule 48. Backes' head was the main point of contact.— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) April 19, 2014
The health of Backes is also an ongoing storyline. He returned to his feet shortly after the hit and tried going after some Blackhawks players, but the Blues training staff wisely held him back.
Getting up quickly isn't always a sign that a player is all there, so there's no doubt the team will have Backes evaluated to determine if he suffered a concussion and how long it may keep him out.
After the game, Cotsonika spoke with coach Ken Hitchcock about Backes' status:
Hitchcock on Backes: "How do you think he is? Not great."— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) April 19, 2014
The Blues grabbed a 4-3 overtime victory Saturday to take a 2-0 series lead, so Backes' absence may not have a huge impact in this series. But there's no question St. Louis will need him back in the rounds to come.