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Burgeoning Blues get Backes, Leopold back

Jan 4, 2014, 8:08 PM EDT

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The St. Louis Blues seemed pretty formidable even with some noteworthy players out of the lineup, so they could be even scarier with a couple back. They’ll get captain David Backes and defenseman Jordan Leopold back against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Backes, 29, missed the last three games with an upper-body injury that may or may not be related to a similar injury from earlier this season.

Leopold, 33, sat out 26 contests thanks to surgery on his right hand.

These two returns continues a healthier upswing for St. Louis, as they got Ryan Reaves back on Thursday.

That’s not to say the Blues are at full-strength, however, as Jake Allen is backing up Brian Elliott because Jaroslav Halak continues to struggle with his illness. With a four-game winning streak and victories in six of their last seven contests (6-0-1), the Blues haven’t exactly been hurting, but it never hurts to get valuable players back.

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