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.
The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.
— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres