Backes (concussion) is expected to suit up for Saturday's game against the Panthers, NHL.com reports.
As noted in the report, Backes declared himself fit to play following the game-day skate. "Yesterday, full practice and today to be out there and feeling good again," the veteran forward said. "it's nice to feel back to normal and hopefully back in action and be in the swing and the routine of NHL hockey." It appears safe to deploy Backes -- who has 19 points in 33 games and lines up on the second power-play unit -- wherever you need him in fantasy land.
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Backes skated on a line with Ryan Spooner and David Krejci at Friday's practice, with the veteran power forward continuing to trend in the right direction as Saturday's contest approaches. Backes, who last suited up Dec. 29, has logged nine goals and 19 points, to go along with 31 PIM in 33 games this season.
Coach Claude Julien relayed that Backes (concussion) won't play Thursday against the Oilers.
Per Julien, Backes -- who returned to practice Wednesday -- is "doing really well, but not quite 100 percent." As a result, the veteran power forward remains in the day-to-day category in advance of Saturday's road game against the Panthers.
Per coach Claude Julien,
Backes returned to practice Wednesday, skating with Ryan Spooner and David Krejci. With that in mind, the veteran winger now falls into the day-day-day category, with Julien noting Wednesday that Backes' status for Thursday's game against the Oilers is "still undetermined" and will be revisited by the
Backes has yet to take part in actual drills, but the heady, versatile forward still isn't on injured reserve, and that leaves room for optimism, as the B's have the rest of the day off before they'll need to prepare for their next game -- a home clash with sophomore sensation Connor McDavid and the Oilers on Thursday. If Backes is able to practice on the power play in the coming days, that'll be a strong indication that he's ready to rejoin the lineup.