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Backes out, Berglund in for Blues tonight in Chicago

Apr 21, 2014, 1:47 PM EDT

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St. Louis will be without its captain tonight when its first-round grudge match with the Blackhawks shifts to the United Center.

David Backes, significantly shook up following a Brent Seabrook hit in Saturday’s Game 2 win, will be held out of the lineup tonight when the Blues look to take a 3-0 stranglehold on the series. Backes will be replaced by Patrik Berglund — making his series debut after missing the first two games with an upper-body injury — and it looks as though Backes’ top-line gig will be filled by Steve Ott.

In another change, Derek Roy has been dropped from the forward rotation and will be replaced by Brenden Morrow. With these switches, here’s how the Blues lines looked in Monday’s morning skate:

Ott — Alex SteenT.J. Oshie

Jaden SchwartzVladimir SobotkaVladimir Tarasenko

Morrow — Berglund — Ryan Reaves

Chris PorterMaxim LapierreAdam Cracknell


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  1. sprtsfan1 - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    As a Blackhawks fan, this situation sucks for both teams. I’d definitely keep my eyes open while on the ice, especially is I’m Kane, Toewes, or Keith.

  2. hammerhead5573 - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Oh it’s gonna happen, I just wonder if there will be the same outrage from some in their fan base or will it be considered ” karma” I’m pretty sure I know the answer.

    • jhaegs - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      I’m sure there would be idiots laughing at a hurt Hawks player. You won’t see me doing it and shame on any Blues fan that does.

      Also, it’s one thing to chuckle to yourself over something like this, but to come on here and taunt a player with a head injury (like some people) is asinine.

  3. comeonnowguys - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Wait… they’re going to go after Toews? That hasn’t happened since… every single Blackhawk/Blues game since Toews came into the league. HISTORIC!

    • sprtsfan1 - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      Ha! Very true!

    • jhaegs - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      Crying about legal hits on Toews? Blues won’t/shouldn’t take any cheap shots (like you guys have), but you can bet they’ll get their licks in when they can. They do it to EVERY team, so don’t flatter yourself. Hawks like to use stretch passes and speed, Blues separate the player from the puck, and play a heavy game to wear them down. I’m not wishing injury on any player- Seabrook has hurt the Hawks enough.


      • comeonnowguys - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:45 PM

        Ok, I’m back. I had to step away from the keyboard because laughter.. I surely hope you’re not saying things like that with a straight face.

        Also, point out where I said the Blues *only* do this to the Blackhawks. Of course they don’t. Doesn’t make it any better or worse.

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:51 PM

        Well, d@mn. Blew the landing on that.

      • jhaegs - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:22 PM

        There’s nothing “bad” about it. It’s not the Hawks play style, I get it. Obviously they’re not use to hitting people, seeing as they can’t seem to do it with out knees or shoulders to the head. If it were up to the Hawks, I’m sure they’d make hockey 2-hand touch or something. Until checking is illegal, you have nothing to complain about. The heavy game and tight checking has worked thus far, so get use to it. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen a good check result in a scoring chance. It eliminates the player for a couple seconds and leads to turnovers- especially when the opponent starts anticipating the hit.

        Look at Bickell last game. Besides the kneeing, he was your best player and created some great scoring chances. How, you ask? By playing heavy and finishing his checks. You know, playing Blues style hockey…

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:43 PM

        Actually, the kneeing alone for me is enough to say he had a bad game on multiple levels, but that’s just me.

        Also, in the past, the Hawks have had success when they DIDN’T play the Blues game. This is one of the few games the Chicago went goony at then end, and what happened? They turned a certain victory into a loss.

        If that’s not clear enough, I don’t know what is.

      • slysipops - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        what happened to …………….BLUES style hockey last year ? your best offensive threat ( OSHIE ) doesn’t at all play like the rest of the neanderthals ! you know the kid has to be good or pudgy wouldn’t play him !

      • jhaegs - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        You’re still not able to differentiate “gooning” and “playing heavy”. It’s kind of adorable!

      • jhaegs - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:23 PM

        We got beat by a team that played HEAVIER. You know, the LA Kings…

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:43 PM

      First off, who’s crying? I’m simply pointing out the humor in that line of thinking.

      Second off: “Blues won’t/shouldn’t take any cheap shots (like you guys have)”

      • tridecagon - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        You Hawks fans really don’t seem to understand the difference between playing a heavy checking game, and trying to injure and provoke the opposition with cheap shots and hacks behind the play.

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:18 PM

        Yes, it’s not like we ever see anyone try to play the Hawks physical. It never ever happens more than 5-6 times a year when they play the Blues.

      • jhaegs - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        How is the cheap shot comment funny? Blues are on a mission. If they’re smart, they’ll stick to their game and not go for the retaliation. A knee, a headshot, and an elbow in one game- cheap shots by Hawks.

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        It’s funny that in five minutes of one game, ten years of reputation have apparently and completely flip-flopped.

        And you don’t even (want to) see it.

        That’s ok. Keep on in your little world. Luckily, the team’s colors keep the sky in your reality the same as everyone else’s.

      • jhaegs - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:33 PM

        Oh, so now we’re talking about the teams reputation in the past? I was talking about last game. My bad, I didn’t realize we lived in the past.

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:37 PM

        Apparently, I need to speak slower.

        It is the past behavior of the St. Louis Blues over the past decade or so, particularly when they didn’t have as many skill players and had to rely on goonery, that makes your comments about the dirty Chicago team hilarious.

      • jhaegs - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        Ok, so we ARE living in the past now. Glad you cleared that up!

      • slysipops - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        tridentgum ….or trideagon….. look at the stats sometime the HAWKS are one of the least penalized teams and the one of the lowest hitting teams….. so quit whinning ! the roster of the BLUES is made for destruction a couple of the players were dumped from other teams for issues with ( illegal ) hits causing injuries and making problems for their team

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        At this point you’re either trying to purely troll, or you really are the worst representative of Blues fandom on this board. God I hope it’s the former.

      • jhaegs - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        Syclops, or whatever… You people need to catch up here. We’re not talking about 10yrs ago, or last year, or the regular season. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT LAST GAME. Si, tu comprende?

        Hawks played dirty last game. They were getting worn down, their stretch passes weren’t connecting, and got off their game. It happens and they lost because of their goonery. Hawks aren’t a goon team, and I’m a fan of a lot of the players. LAST GAME, though, they gooned it up at the end.

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:44 PM

        I get what you are saying, but we aren’t talking about one game that was ten years ago. We are talking about the course of the past ten years. From then to now.

        A very crude analogy: if I walk up to you every day for two years, and on the 731st day I walk up, and you punch me in the gut, and I flip out in moral outrage.

        So does this mean that if the Blues retaliate tonight, can the Hawks call the Blues dirty? I mean, Game 2 being in the past and all.

        But, again, it’s not one incident 10 years ago. It is a continuous pattern that started around then. Do you get the difference? Do you want to get it?

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:45 PM

        There should be a punching going on every day for two years in my comment, but apparently my phone abhors violence.

  4. jpat2424 - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Wakey wakey Backes

    • jhaegs - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      Kane got hurt against us and Blues fans say “tough luck and hope he’s ok”.

      Backes gets hurt and you taunt him like a sore losing, childish d-bag.

      Don’t worry, Backes will be fine by round 2 when we play MIN or COL…

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        Hockey fans and other humans HOPE Backes will be fine.

      • hammerhead5573 - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:48 PM

        Ok Jahaegs it would be naive to think that fans of the Blues would not come on here in droves if Kane or Toews got hurt either before this hit or after. I mean seriously it has gotten under your skin so much that I believe some people are just saying it to get a rise. Whether you were joking or not earlier in the season, you said it would be Karma if Dustin Brown had both his legs broke. I can care less about Brown, however I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. Earlier someone posted that Backes doesn’t remember that hit. You replied by saying oh but Reaves will. So you are acknowledging in one moment that they or least he will goon it up, but in another moment saying its heavy hitting. Lastly, I believe Seabrook got what was deserved but to say he along with all the Hawks are dirty is not knowing anything about this team.

  5. joey4id - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Both Backes and Seabrook are huge pieces of their respective teams. Too bad they’re out. The on ice officials for tonight’s game should have already been told to call a tight game. Both coaches should have been warned about the officials intent to call a tight game, and that the officials will choose one player in a scrum and send him to the sin bin. The boys better be on their best behavior if they want to avoid the box and become the cause of their team’s loss. The best form of retribution is to win the series. After all, that is the objective of the game. Right? What happened to Backes was was an accident. Though the knee on Sobotka was intentional the Blues should just move on.

    Hockey is a fast and intense sport. Not all bad collisions can be avoided. The boys are playing on the edge, and sometimes they go over.

    • stevedurbano - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      Leave PHT right now, your post makes way too much sense to be seen here.

  6. slysipops - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    BERGLAND: another miracle recovery !!!!!!

    • jhaegs - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:32 PM


  7. suckit619 - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Stop crying so much Blues fans or else you might soak your jean shorts in your tears.

    • jhaegs - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      Tears of joy from me on Saturday. Once again though, I saw some little tweens in Kane jerseys crying after the game.

      • parasolmonster - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:44 PM

        Tweens in Kane jerseys > Middle-agers in jean shorts and Oshie jerseys

      • jhaegs - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:12 PM

        Says the pedophile…

      • jhaegs - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        Also, I’m 26 and rock a Tarasenko jersey. Nothing but jean (pants) here…

  8. parasolmonster - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    You’re doing it wrong. Wranglers that you bought at Schnucks? Just cut them yourself, right above the knees!

    • jhaegs - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      That would still look better than all the wannabes that wear the green Hawks jerseys.

      “I’m from Chicago and I’m 1/60 Irish! See, look at my green jersey!!!”

      “Oh really, what’s your name?”

      “Brian Carter. Why do you ask?”

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