“Buying-in” and “selling-out” are great buzz words. But it’s time for the St. Louis Blues to start performing regardless of what is being bought or sold. If the Blues are going to make a serious run and really hold on to their playoff positioning, it is going to start at the top with David Backes.
Following a tough February, the Blues experienced an up and down March. Things do not get any easier for the captain and the boys with ‘noted sweaters in April. They begin the month with six of their first seven games on the road.
Backes who has been noted as a slow starter, does have 19 points (3g, 16a) in 33 games. But if he can up his goal total, not only will that free up ice for his line mates. But it will free up ice for the entire team, based on the opposition having to account for a hot Backes.
He can play in his own end, he can kill penalties, he plays on the power play and he checks. If he starts burying the chances he gets, this team can begin to look more like 2011-2012 version again.
Backes is a guy who gets it. He is the type who loves the idea that he has a chance to put this team on his back and carry them to spring time hockey. If 42 leads, the rest of the guys will follow.