The St. Louis Blues aren’t saying much about the injury to David Backes. He took a brutal hit to the head from Brent Seabrook in Game Two, and head coach Ken Hitchcock isn’t saying much about the Captain of his team. He did say that Backes wouldn’t be able to go if Game Three was played today, however.
Hitch wouldn’t comment on Backes’ condition, other than to say he couldn’t play if there was a game today. #stlblues
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) April 20, 2014
If you’re a glass-half-full kind of person, then it’s good that Backes hasn’t been ruled out for Game Three already. If you’re a glass-half-empty type, then you would probably prefer to have Hitchcock to come right out and say “all is good, all is grand!” The reality of the situation seems to be somewhere between those two extremes, but missing Backes for even a single game could all Chicago to climb back into the series.
The NHL Department of Player Safety has decided to suspend Seabrook for three games for his head shot, but it’s tough to call that a wash. The Blues are heading into what will certainly be a rowdy home barn in Chicago, possibly without their Captain. Adding intrigue to the matchup is the fact that the ‘Hawks taunted Backes while he remained motionless on the ice during Game Two.
BTW, the “Wakey, wakey” directed at an injured Backes could be described the same way Q did his Game 1 gesture: bush league. #Blackhawks
— Tracey Myers (@TramyersCSN) April 20, 2014
As if this one needed any more fuel on the fire.