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Blues' David Backes out for Game 4

4/23/2014

CHICAGO -- St. Louis Blues forward David Backes will not play against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4 of their Western Conference first-round series on Wednesday due to an upper-body injury.

Backes was scratched for the second consecutive game due to the injury. He has been out since he took a hit to the head from Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook in the third period of Game 2. Seabrook was suspended three games for the hit.

Backes had 27 goals, 30 assists, a plus-14 rating and an average ice time of 19:33 in 74 regular-season games. He had one assist in the first two games of the series.

The Blues lead the series 2-1.