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David Backes returns to Blues lineup for Game 5

The Blues are getting their captain back for Game 5 against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night.

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After missing Games 3 and 4 of his team's first-round playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks, David Backes will be back in the lineup for Game 5 on Friday.

Backes took part in the pregame warmups and skated on a line with Jaden Schwartz and T.J. Oshie.

He was injured late in Game 2 when he was on the receiving end of a brutal hit to the head by Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook. Backes was clearly shaken up and struggled getting off the ice, while Seabrook was suspended for three games. The final game of that suspension is Game 5 on Friday.

This was the play.


In 74 regular season games for the Blues, Backes scored 27 goals to go with 30 assists.

The series is tied, 2-2, with Chicago coming in having won consecutive games after St. Louis won the first two games of the series at home.