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Wednesday April 9th, 2014

Backes has contributed 27 goals and 57 points to the Blues' cause this season. (Keith Gillett/Icon SMI) David Backes has contributed 27 goals and 57 points to the Blues' cause this season. (Keith Gillett/Icon SMI)

By Amy Lilek

While the Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche fight on the playoffs without the likes of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Matt Duchene, the St. Louis Blues have been luckier than their Central Division rivals. Most of their big guns are healthy. That might have changed on Tuesday night against the Washington Capitals.

Captain David Backes is now day-to-day with a lower-body injury, according to Blues coach Ken Hitchcock. While no one knows exactly when or how Backes was hurt, it's believed that he took a shot off his foot.

The Blues are facing one of their roughest stretches of the season, having lost three games in a row, and now hold just a two-point lead over the Avalanche for first place in the Central Division.

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