David Backes C STL 5 Days

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.

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.

David Backes C STL 12 Days

Backes (face) registered an assist and three shots on goal over 16:17 of ice time in Thursday's win over the Islanders.

Though he was forced to wear a face mask, 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.

David Backes C STL 13 Days

Coach Ken Hitchcock confirmed that Backes (face) will be in the lineup Thursday against the Islanders, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.

This qualifies as a surprise after 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.

David Backes C STL 14 Days

Backes (face) appears doubtful to play Thursday against the Islanders, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

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.

David Backes C STL 15 Days

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.

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.

David Backes C STL 16 Days

Backes returned to the ice Monday against the Panthers but did so with a face cage, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.

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.

David Backes C STL 16 Days

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.

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.

David Backes C STL 24 Days

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.

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.

David Backes C STL 1 Month

Backes netted a power-play goal in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Jets.

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.

David Backes C STL 1 Month

Backes registered his first even-strength goal of the season and an assist in Saturday's win over the Capitals.

Backes is up to five goals and nine points in 16 games this season, to go with a minus-2 rating. While that production is respectable, it really doesn't compare to the ridiculous offensive contributions the team has got from the Jaden Schwartz, Jori Lehtera, and Vladimir Tarasenko line. With the way that line is playing, nobody has really noticed Backes is on pace to post his lowest full-season point total in four years. Backes is still a very reliable fantasy option, however, as he should post another season in the 25-goal range.