Backes picked up an assist in the Blues' comeback win Monday against the Sabres. Even with the assist, Backes saw a significant drop in ice time Monday, logging just over 15 minutes, more than four minutes below his season average. His struggle to regain last season's 50-point form persists, managing only two assists in the last four games.
Backes scored a goal and added an assist in Wednesday's 6-5 OT win over the Blackhawks. He also skated to a plus-2 and picked up two PIM. Despite now having only six points in 13 games this season, Backes has been much better of late, scoring three goals and recording an assist while taking seven shots on goal in the last three games -- all against quality opponents in Chicago, L.A. and Minnesota. Aside from his scoring woes, the Blues' captain hasn't been as truculent as usual either, spending just six minutes in the sin bin this year. When all is said and done, though, Backes should still be able to flirt with 50+ points and 100 PIM this year, although it wouldn't be entirely surprising if he fell short given the slow start.
Backes scored a pair of goals, including the overtime winner, Saturday against the Wild. It was the first two goals of the season for Backes, who has struggled out of the gate. The 31-year-old has just four points in 11 games and has been skating on the third line. We'd be more optimistic about Saturday's performance if he was shooting more, but Backes has fired just five shots on goal in his last four games, so we can't expect more goals without more shots.
David Backes' role in the Blues' revamped lineup could be in flux this season depending on how some of the team's younger players develop, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. including a shift to right wing or dropping to the third line.
David Backes recorded a goal and an assist Wednesday in a 6-1 Game 4 win over Minnesota. He was plus-2 with one shot on goal and three hits in the contest.
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