David Backes
RW BOS
5 days ago

Backes finished Saturday's 4-3 win over the Canadiens with five hits.

EDGE Analysis

While he failed to register a point Saturday, Backes delivered his highest hit total (five) since Dec. 14. Backes has heated up nicely lately, as evidenced by his 10 points in the last eight games. That said, the American veteran is a long way off the pace of his usual 200-plus hits and 20-plus goals, but there's room for him in most every format while he's hitting the scoresheet with regularity.

David Backes
RW BOS
3 weeks ago

Backes delivered two power-play assists in Saturday's 5-0 win over Ottawa.

EDGE Analysis

Most importantly, it was Backes' fourth consecutive, two-point game. His game is so hot you could fry an egg on it.

David Backes
RW BOS
3 weeks ago

Backes potted a pair of goals in Thursday's 4-3 shootout loss to Washington.

EDGE Analysis

Backes gave his team a 1-0 lead in the first period and a 3-2 lead in the third, but both were ultimately squandered. The veteran power forward is playing his best hockey of the season to close out the calendar year, with multi-point outings in each of his past three appearances.

David Backes
RW BOS
3 weeks ago

Backes scored his fifth goal of the season and added an assist in Wednesday's win over Ottawa.

EDGE Analysis

Backes was also credited with five shots on goal in the victory. The second-line winger has had a disappointing season, but he's starting to heat up with three goals and seven points in his last five games. A lethal combination of physical play and scoring ability makes him worth owning in many fantasy settings. Considering he missed almost all of November due to a battle with diverticulitis, Backes could be worth scooping up if he continues this strong play. Keep an eye out.

David Backes
RW BOS
4 weeks ago

Backes registered two assists -- including a man-advantage helper -- in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Red Wings.

EDGE Analysis

A veteran forward known for his versatility, Backes' 19:07 of ice time was close to a season high, and he now has a serviceable eight points (four goals, four assists) in 12 games since Nov. 29, when he courageously returned after undergoing surgery to remove part of his colon. While the American hasn't been counted on as much in Boston following 10 seasons with the Blues, he remains a physical, power-play presence who should finish around a half-point per game by the end of the 2017-18 campaign -- his second with the B's.

David Backes
RW BOS
1 month ago

Backes had a power-play goal and an assist in a 7-2 win over Columbus on Monday.

EDGE Analysis

Backes' absence in November certainly wasn't his fault, but the reality is that in December, he's now posted five scoreless outings in eight games. He's an option in deep leagues, but that's about it at this point.

David Backes
RW BOS
1 month ago

Backes scored a pair of goals in Thursday's win over the Coyotes.

EDGE Analysis

They were the first markers of the season for Backes, who missed almost all of November due to a battle with diverticulitis. The veteran has slotted in on the third line and was credited with 17:23 of ice time Thursday. He won't produce massive offensive totals, but Backes found the net 17 times in his debut season with Boston and dishes out plenty of hits. He's worth adding in some deeper leagues now that he's healthy again.

David Backes
RW BOS
2 months ago

Backes (illness) will be in the lineup for Wednesday's game against Tampa Bay.

EDGE Analysis

The American forward has played just five games this season while dealing with diverticulitis, logging one assist and a minus-3 rating in that span. However, one has to believe that Backes' play will improve moving forward after undergoing surgery to correct the problem. Backes will also be thrust into a more prominent role Wednesday, centering the team's second line while David Krejci nurses an upper-body injury.

David Backes
RW BOS
2 months ago

Backes (illness) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday night's contest against the Lightning.

EDGE Analysis

Backes has missed 17 games as a result of his battle with diverticulitis and was nearing a return anyway, but he may be feeling more pressure to return to action upon the news that David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk will not play Wednesday due to upper-body injuries. Should he return, Backes will likely return to a top-six role and should continue to see time on the power play.

David Backes
RW BOS
2 months ago

Backes (illness) won't be able to play Sunday, but Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy is encouraged by the versatile winger taking contact for the first time Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

Backes, who has missed the past 11 games, remains in recovery mode following a procedure to remove part of his colon. Don't expect the B's to rush him back, but it's worth noting that the team has been thinning out up front with undisclosed ailments to Backes' fellow forwards Anders Bjork and Brad Marchand.