David Backes C STL 3 Months

David Backes played in the playoffs with a broken toe on his left foot.

It was caused by a slap shot from teammate Alexander Steen late in the regular season. Backes did not suffer a concussion from the hit he received from Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook in Game 2, but he did sustain a stiff neck.

David Backes C STL 3 Months

David Backes logged 21:35 of ice time in his return to the lineup on Friday.

"For not skating, for not playing, I thought he did fine," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "He hit the wall a few times so we had to put other people on the ice, but for coming back into - how long's he not skated for, two weeks? - to walk in and play those minutes was impressive." Backes posted a game-high eight hits and a minus-2 rating in St. Louis' 3-2 overtime loss to Chicago. In three games in the series, he has one assist and four shots.

David Backes C STL 3 Months

David Backes is in the lineup for Friday night's Game 5 showdown with the Blackhawks.

Backes will be a huge boost to a Blues squad that has lost both games since he was sidelined from illegal hit by the Hawks' Brent Seabrook in Game 2. Derek Roy is scratched for the Blues.

David Backes C STL 3 Months

David Backes (upper body) didn't participate in Friday's morning skate.

Backes still hasn't been ruled out for Friday night's game, but we doubt he'll be in the lineup. He has already missed two contests since he Brent Seabrook struck him with a high hit. If Backes sustained a concussion, then the fact that he hasn't been skating likely means that he isn't close to returning.

David Backes C STL 3 Months

David Backes (upper body) didn't practice Thursday.

"Read into it what you want," said coach Ken Hitchcock. It's unclear if he'll be able to play in Game 5 on Friday night.

David Backes C STL 3 Months

David Backes (upper body) didn't skate with the Blues on Wednesday.

Backes hasn't been ruled out for Game 3 yet, but we would be surprised if he ended up playing. He was sidelined because of a high hit from Brent Seabrook during Saturday's game.

David Backes C STL 3 Months

The status of David Backes will be made clearer after Wednesday's morning skate.

"No update," coach Ken Hitchcock said Tuesday. "We'll let you know (today)." There's a chance that he could be back in the lineup for Game 4 after he was leveled by an illegal hit from Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook this past Saturday.

David Backes C STL 3 Months

David Backes won't play in Game 3 on Monday with what is believed to be an upper-body injury.

The Blues aren't saying much about his status, but it was confirmed that he wouldn't play in Game 3 after he received an illegal check from Chicago's Brent Seabrook on Saturday.

David Backes C STL 3 Months

David Backes didn't start overtime with his regular wingers.

It's unclear if he'll be able to return to Saturday's contest after he was rocked on a hit by Chicago's Brent Seabrook. The incident occurred at the 15:09 mark of the third period. Steve Ott opened the extra session between T.J. Oshie and Alexander Steen.

David Backes C STL 3 Months

David Backes (foot) will play Thursday in St. Louis' playoff opener.

He participated in Wednesday's practice after not skating on Tuesday. Backes missed three games to close out the regular season with a foot injury. He'll start out Thursday's contest between Steve Ott and Alexander Steen.