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Blues say Backes won't play until he's healthy

CHICAGO -- St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock played it coy during the morning skate when it came to the status of center David Backes for Game 4 of the playoffs against the Blackhawks. "He wasn't available for the pregame skate," Hitchcock said when asked if Backes would return to the lineup after missing Game 3 after an illegal hit from the Hawks' Brent Seabrook in Game 2 on Saturday. There was no hiding the fact Backes didn't take the ice with teammates for the start of Game 4 on Wednesday night at the United Center so the Blues had to play a pivotal game of the best-of-seven series without their captain. "(Backes) logs a lot of ice time," Blues teammate Alex Pietrangelo said. "He ...

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