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Blues captain Backes (foot) out tonight, ‘potentially’ until playoffs

Apr 10, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT

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Mired in one of their worst slumps of the year, the Blues received some tough news on Thursday as captain David Backes was ruled out of tonight’s game against Minnesota with an injured foot.

The Blues are reeling lately — 5-5-0 in their last 10, losers of three straight — and have seen their once-comfortable lead atop the Central Division whittled away to just two points. Colorado heads into tonight’s action with 109 points to St. Louis’ 111, and each team has three games remaining in the regular season.

(The Avs also hold the regulation/overtime wins tiebreaker over St. Louis, 46 to 43.)

Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock wasn’t offering much in the way of details regarding Backes’ injury, telling the Post-Dispatch his captain “is going to be out for potentially three games and then play,” suggesting Backes might be shut down and rested for the playoffs. Backes was seen in a walking boot today, the byproduct of taking an Alex Steen shot off his foot during a 4-1 loss to Washington.

Anyway, back to the playoff jockeying. Here some info as to how the Central Division might play out over the next few days…

Current standings:

source:

Games remaining:

St. Louis (3): at Minnesota, at Dallas, Detroit

Colorado (3): at Vancouver, at San Jose, at Anaheim

Chicago (2): at Washington, at Nashville

Up for grabs, really.

  1. xx1111 - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    GO AVS

    • 11111111111a22 - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      Shut up.

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:34 PM

        Well jhaegs ran away, someone’s got to say something. :)

  2. spetznaz777 - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    just bring up Rattie already.

  3. stevedurbano - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    I guess Berglund will probably move up to the top line, but I’d love to see a Schwartz-Sobotka-Oshie combo. Also, does anyone else think the Blues (as individuals, not as coached by Hitch) thought they could let up in the defensive zone when Miller came over? I just don’t think they have been as resolute and adamantine as they were. The problem is in their heads and I hope they get it together before the real season starts. Tonight is as good a time as any……………

  4. blomfeld - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    FELLED BY A SNIPER ?

    I find this photo ‘immensely’ entertaining, as thoughts of ENEMY AT THE GATES always comes to my mind whenever I view this particular imagery …

    GO BLUES ? … GO CORNELIUS ?

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