The news out of the St. Louis Blues’ morning skate on Wednesday was that David Backes was not on the ice. It was due to a “maintenance day,” according to Jaden Schwartz in the audio clip below, in response to a question asked by the LA Times’ Helene Elliott. According to Schwartz and this tweet by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford, Backes is expected to play tonight. In Backes’ absence, Alex Steen was centering Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko.
I wouldn’t get too alarmed about Backes. He’s done the “maintenance” day before. Good assumption this is what it is again. #stlblues
— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) May 8, 2013