Bruins' David Backes: Ready to play Monday
Backes, who appeared to bang up his right hand during a fight early in Saturday's loss to the Maple Leafs, will play Monday against the Jets. "He's fine," coach Claude Julien confirmed. "He'll be ready to go [against Winnipeg]."
Per the Boston Herald, Backes went 6-for-21 on faceoffs Saturday, though it's unclear how long the veteran forward will man the middle for the B's, as we'd expect him to switch to the wing, once the day-to-day Patrice Bergeron returns to action. Backes, who scored two goals and added a helper in last Thursday's season opener against Columbus, did not record a point Saturday, while logging a minus-1 plus/minus rating and recording five PIM.