• Blues' Backes Could Shift To Wing Or Third Line

    News: 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.
    Analysis: The St. Louis captain appears to be the forward on the roster most likely to be negatively affected by the changes coach Ken Hitchcock envisions, but there's still much to be determined during training camp. It's quite possible that David Backes will be moved from his usual spot at center to right wing, or drop to the Blues' third line even if he remains at his current position. A potential shift out of the top-six group of forwards would definitely limit Backes' offensive upside going into upcoming season, despite the fact that he registered a more-than-respectable total of 26 goals and 58 points in 2014-15.
  • Blues' Backes Has Big Game 4

    News: 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.
    Analysis: These were David Backes' first points on the playoffs; not surprisingly, they came after he was reunited on a line with T.J. Oshie and Alexander Steen, his linemates for most of the season. He'll look to carry over this success to Game 5 on Friday at home.
  • Blues' Backes Getting Rested Saturday

    News: David Backes (rest) will not play Saturday against the Wild, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
    Analysis: Both the Blues and Wild are resting a number of key players with their playoff spots secure, while also exhibiting a bit of gamesmanship due to the high probability of the two teams facing each other in the first round. David Backes will finish the regular season with 26 goals and 58 points over 80 games.
  • Blues' Backes Nets PPG In Win

    News: David Backes scored a power-play goal and dished out six hits in Sunday's win over the Blackhawks.
    Analysis: A strong night for the second-line center, who extended his point streak to three games. He's now up to 26 goals in 78 games on the season, including 10 power-play tallies. David Backes has been a great all-around fantasy option once against this season, recording 57 points, 100 PIM and 178 shots on goal. He's not known for being a huge playoff performer, but perhaps with the Blues poised to make a deep run, this will be the year the captain turns it up a notch in the postseason.
  • Blues' Backes Has Assist In Win

    News: David Backes picked up an assist on the power play Tuesday in a 4-1 win over Calgary. He also picked two PIM, took one shot, delivered two hits, and blocked a shot in the contest.
    Analysis: The Blues' captain is finishing off a fine season in which he has posted 55 points while topping 100 PIM and 200 hits. David Backes' value takes a hit in leagues where those secondary contributions don't count, but where they do he's a top-tier forward.
  • Blues' Backes Has Assist In Win

    News: David Backes picked up an assist on the winning goal Tuesday in a 3-2 overtime win against Pittsburgh. He was plus-1 with four shots and two blocked shots in the contest.
    Analysis: David Backes is up to 54 points on the season to go with a plus-7 rating, which is just about equal to his production from a year ago. He remains a solid second center for your fantasy team and although he has slowed down since a scorching hot January and February, he is pretty much a must-start every night.
  • Blues' Backes Has Assist In Loss Keeps Streaking

    News: Backed picked up a power play assist Saturday in a 6-3 loss to the Wild. He was minus-2 and took one hot in the contest.
    Analysis: David Backes pushed his current scoring streak to five games and has 12 points in his last 10 games. He has 53 points on the season to go along with 96 PIM and 201 hits once again cementing his reputation as one of the league's top power forwards. He's a top fantasy player in leagues that count hits and PIM.
  • Blues' Backes Pushes Streak To Four

    News: David Backes scored the Blues' lone goal in Thursday's 2-1 shootout loss to Winnipeg, giving him a four-game point streak.
    Analysis: David Backes has simply been unstoppable of late, with six points over the course of this streak and a whopping 11 over his last nine contests. He's as good as they come in the category of points-and-PIM contributors.
  • Three-Point Night For Blues' Backes

    News: David Backes handed out a pair of assists and picked up an empty-net goal Tuesday in a 4-0 win over Calgary.
    Analysis: The goal was a peculiar sort of empty-netter, coming as it did with 5:35 remaining in the third period after the Flames pulled goalie Jonas Hiller absurdly early in a desperation play. David Backes now has points in three straight and has rattled off a sizzling total of 10 (four goals, six assists) in his last eight games.
  • Blues' Backes Pads Stats Tuesday

    News: David Backes picked up a pair of assists, went plus-1 and was stuck with a minor penalty Tuesday in a win over the Jets.
    Analysis: David Backes' well-rounded fantasy stat line just keeps getting rounder and rounder, as he's coming up on 50 points, which goes awfully well with his 94 PIM and 189 hits. He's also picked up five points in his last four games. In fantasy formats that use those tough-guy categories, he's gold.