The St. Louis Blues won’t have David Backes in the lineup tonight for Game Three against the Chicago Blackhawks. Unless you just got back from a trip overseas and are just now catching up on the series, you know exactly why. Backes was knocked out cold in Game Two by a Brent Seabrook elbow—a play that earned the defenseman a three-game suspension.
Backes wouldn’t have been able to play yesterday, and won’t be able to go tonight either.
Backes is out tonight, Berglund is in. #stlblues
— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) April 21, 2014
The Blues will get Patrik Berglund back in the lineup, which slightly lessons the blow of losing Backes. There’s simply no replacing a team’s Captain heading into enemy territory for Game Three, however. Chicago might be down one of their top two defensemen, but it doesn’t seem like a good trade for the Blues, regardless.
Have to admit, I don’t like trading Backes for Berglund. That’s a positive for the Hawks no matter the Seabrook suspension.
— Brad Lee (@GTBradLee) April 21, 2014
St. Louis did what they were supposed to do and won Games One and Two at home. The saying goes that it’s not a playoff series until someone wins on the road though, and it’s one of hockey’s few true adages. Without Backes, the Blues will need to go into some of the toughest enemy territory there is and steal a game in the Madhouse on Madison.
The captain won’t be there to inspire directly, but Chicago’s blow to his head and subsequent mockery should serve as plenty of bulletin board fodder. There’s also a feeling that this series is one hit away from going full blown Detroit Red Wings/Colorado Avalanche.