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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Blues' David Backes may return for Game 4

By on 4/23/2014 04:00:00 PM

The possibility of getting David Backes back into the lineup has given the St. Louis Blues a reason to rejoice after they found themselves on the wrong end of a 2-0 shutout in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. According to head coach, Ken Hitchcock, this could happen as early as Game 4.

Despite controlling the tempo for much of the game, the Blues ultimately fell to the surging Chicago Blackhawks as a result of an empty net goal with only seconds left on the clock. This outcome might have been much different had their captain and second leading goal scorer been in the lineup.  Backes has registered a total of 27 goals, 30 assists, and has a +/- of 14 this season.

Backes left Game 2 of the series after suffering an undisclosed upper-body injury at the hands of Brent Seabrook. Although the Blues have been very tight lipped in regards to injuries, this one is suspected to be a concussion judging from how Backes' head collided with the boards.

The Blues are up 2-1 in this series and have been out-shooting the defending Stanley Cup Champions 62-43 in all periods and overtimes combined. Having Backes for Game 4 would be very opportunistic for the Blues as Seabrook is slated to be suspended until Game 6.

Further shifting the talent differential in favor of the Blues could potentially be enough to put the nail in this coffin. However, if this injury is indeed a concussion, returning too early may also have dire consequences for Backes' future.

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