ST. LOUIS - Centre David Backes has been ruled out for St. Louis' game against San Jose, snapping a string of 274 consecutive appearances.
Backes left Monday night's 3-2 loss to Ottawa after colliding with Senators centre Colin Greening in the second period. The upper-body injury occurred when Greening's helmet appeared to make contact with Backes' head.
Backes had played in 289 straight games counting the playoffs. Before Tuesday night, the captain last missed a game on Jan 25, 2010.
I definitely think going back down helped me, I had a lot of confidence down there, I played a lot of minutes and I think that helped me a lot. With the 37 games up here, that gave me experience as well. I know what it takes to play in the NHL and now it's time for me to show that I'm capable of being a full-time NHL player.
— Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl on finishing the 2014-15 season in juniors after playing 37 games with Edmonton to begin the season