The St. Louis Blues will be without their first-line center for Game 3 of the first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night.
David Backes has been ruled out after taking a vicious head shot from Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook in Game 2. The NHL suspended Seabrook three games for the hit.
Backes is out tonight, Berglund is in. #stlblues—
Lou Korac (@lkorac10) April 21, 2014
Backes is a quality offensive player who also provides exceptional defense, great leadership and the ability to consistently win faceoffs. The captain’s absence likely will be a huge factor in the outcome of Game 3 as Chicago attempts to prevent going down 0-3 in the series. Steve Ott is the top candidate to replace Backes at center on St. Louis’ top line.
The Blackhawks will insert veteran defenseman Sheldon Brookbank into the lineup as Seabrook’s replacement. The 33-year-old has 18 games of playoff experience.
Coach Q: Brookbank is coming in and playing in the open spot. "He's a steady guy; simple, direct and hard to play against." #CHIvsSTL—
Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) April 21, 2014
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