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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Blues Injury Update: Backes and Oshie out indefinitely with concussions

By on 10/30/2014 01:39:00 PM

Bad news for the St. Louis Blues this morning. The team has confirmed that both forwards David Backes and T.J. Oshie have been diagnosed with concussions and are now out indefinitely, as reported by Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"Backes is concussed, out ... Oshie is concussed, out," Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Oshie has something else going, plus the concussion. We're not sure whether it's the bacterial (infection)."

Through eight games played this season, Backes has two goals and three assists. Last season, he finished with 27 goals and 30 assists in 74 games.

Oshie is having a slower start to the season. He has only one assist through eight games. He finished the 2013-14 season with 21 goals and 39 assists in 79 games.

Both Backes and Oshie were injured in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime victory over the Dallas Stars.

Backes' head hit the ice after a hit by the Stars' Trevor Daley with 4:49 left in the first period. He left the game and did not return.

Oshie's injury was in the second period, after he was pushed into the goal post by the Stars' Patrick Eaves, hitting his face. He remained in the game and did not seem to be suffering any effects.

This is a very tough loss for the team as Backes and Oshie are, arguably, the team's best forwards. They play a lot of minutes, and are leaders on and off the ice. As for any concussion, there is no timetable for their return.

Magnus Paajarvi and Chris Porter will take their spots in the lineup tonight against the Anaheim Ducks.

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