Backes doesn't know what it's like to play for a different NHL club as his 10-year career has been spent with the Blues. The 32-year-old just finished out a five-year, $22.5 million deal, paying big dividends in the postseason. In the conference semifinals, facing the Stars, the two-way winger racked up eight points in seven games and scored on 30 percent of his shot attempts. He wasn't quite as electric offensively versus the Sharks in the subsequent playoff round but still managed 36 hits through seven more contests. Backes has 460 points (206 goals, 254 assists) in 727 career games and remains one of the most dependable fantasy options in the entire league. It would be interesting to see how he'd rank on a new team, but that's a bridge that can be crossed if it starts looking like he would be tough to retain.
Backed (undisclosed) returned to action in Monday's Game 5 against San Jose after he sat out the final two periods of Game 4. He had six hits, two blocked shots, two shots on goal and an assist in 16:32 of ice time in a 6-3 loss to the Sharks.
The playing time is off Backes' average during this postseason (18:37), but the Blues captain played his typical game, showing up in all three zones. Backes and the Blues head to San Jose, down three games to two, for Game 6 on Wednesday.
Backes (undisclosed) will play in Monday's Game 5 against the Sharks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
It remains unclear what type of injury Backes was dealing with, but after going through warm-ups prior to Game 5 on Monday, Backes is expected to take the ice. Backes has notched seven goals and six assists over 18 playoff games this post-season, so his return, as well as the return of Robby Fabbri, is great news for the Blues, who remain locked in a 2-2 series with the Sharks.
Backes (undisclosed) will warm-up with the team prior to Game 5 on Monday before a decision is made regarding his availability against the Sharks.
With coach Ken Hitchcock remaining tight lipped about the nature of Backes's injury, it is difficult to determine whether or not these are head games being played by the bench boss or if there is something more serious going on with the 32-year-old. In the postseason, the winger has racked up 13 points in 18 contests and his absence from the lineup would be a significant blow to the Blues.
Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said he'll know more about Backes' undisclosed injury in the next couple of days, but expects him to be ready for Game 5 on Monday, according to Curtis Pashelka of the Bay Area News Group.
When Backes was last seen on the ice late in the first period of Saturday night's win over San Jose, he had finished off a check in the corner and showed no evidence of an injury. There were a few Twitter theories, but we'll let the Blues confirm the exact nature of the injury.
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