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David Backes won't play in Game 3 for Blues, Patrik Berglund in

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

David Backes was unable to finish Game 2. (Getty Images)
David Backes was unable to finish Game 2. (Getty Images)

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In what shouldn't come as a big surprise, David Backes will not be in the lineup for the St. Louis Blues in Chicago on Monday night.

The Blues captain was on the receiving end of a hit to the head late in Game 2 over the weekend, a hit the resulted in a three-game suspension for Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook. Backes was clearly concussed dazed and needed help leaving the ice from the Blues medical staff.

Backes was able to make the short trip to Chicago with his teammates but didn't partake in the team's skate on Monday morning and will not be in the lineup.

Exactly how big of a loss, even if expected, is Backes? Well Ken Hitchcock put it in terms that Blackhawks fans can relate to.

So yes, it's a pretty big loss. Backes, along with T.J. Oshie and Alexander Steen, is on the Blues' top line, a line that not only produces offense but is tasked with playing the toughest minutes. Not to mention Backes brings a big physical presence to the game, something every team wants to have at this time of the season.

At least there was some good news for the Blues on Monday as Hitchcock did say that Patrik Berglund will be in the lineup on Monday night.

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