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Sigh of relief: David Backes’ left foot isn’t broken

Mar 18, 2012, 5:25 PM EDT

David Backes, Jordin Tootoo AP

There’s no question that David Backes is one tough guy. Seeing him felled last night against the Lightning thanks to blocking a shot was stunning considering Backes has played in 185 straight games. Having that streak put in doubt is scary for Blues fans as the playoffs approach, but there’s good news.

Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Backes’ foot isn’t broken and that coach Ken Hitchcock isn’t too worried about him possibly missing time.

“It’s day-to-day, week-to-week,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “It’s all based on pain tolerance. These things hopefully heal real quick. It’s not a big deal, but it isn’t like it’s a long-term injury.”

The Blues have been managing just fine with a handful of other injuries this season. Alex Steen, Matt D’Agostini, Kris Russell, and Jason Arnott are all dealing with different issues but the Blues keep winning in spite of that. Backes getting banged up thanks to getting in front of a shot is unfortunate but he’s also apparently made of steel if he winds up not missing any time.

  1. sigep316 - Mar 18, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    The Blues will be tough with their depth in the playoffs! Also if they can finish #1 overall will go deep the home ice advantage throughout! Only 4 regulation losses at home.

  2. bluesrawesome - Mar 18, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    I’m not saying we’ve had it the worst but most people have over looked a lot of the key injuries the Blues have sustained, players like Steen, Mcdonald, Perron, Russel, and D,Agostini. If we are fully healthy by the playoffs look out, I think they will have a good shot to win the cup.

  3. cmutimmah - Mar 19, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Players coming back from injuries can hurt chemistry too, ya know….

    You need a guy like Backes at 100% if you want to succeed in the playoffs though. His size/strength is big come that time of year.

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