(HockeySTL)-- Blues captain David Backes left Monday’s game against the Ottawa Senators in the second period with an upper-body injury. The forward did not return to the game.
Backes had some difficulty getting off the ice after taking a high hit from Ottawa’s Colin Greening with 2:49 left in the period. The captain looked to be a bit woozy and stumbled as he made his way to the bench and down the tunnel to the Blues’ locker room.
The Blues ruled Backes out for the game during the second intermission.
Backes’ 30 points (16 goals, 14 assists) are second on the Blues behind Alexander Steen (35). Backes was in the midst of a three-game point streak during which he had three goals. He is currently the Blues’ second-best faceoff guy, boasting a 51.4% success rate on the dot this season.
The Blues were also without Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Sobotka in Monday’s 3-2 overtime loss to Ottawa. Both players were nursing injuries and are considered day-to-day. The club is hoping to have one, if not both of those players back for Tuesday’s matchup against San Jose.
An update on Backes’ injury is likely to be given at Tuesday’s morning skate.