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Blues to face Ducks without David Backes, T.J. Oshie

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:21:05 +0000

Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter

St. Louis, MO, United States (4E Sports) - The St. Louis Blues will be without top-line forwards David Backes and T.J. Oshie when they take on the Anaheim Ducks Thursday at Scottrade Center.

Backes and Oshie both sustained concussions in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime victory over the Dallas Stars.

Backes was injured with 4:49 remaining in the first period after a collision with Stars defenseman Trevor Daley.

Oshie sustained the injury when he crashed into the Dallas goal after being shoved from behind in the slot in the second period. He finished the game but did not practice Wednesday.

"Backes is concussed, out. Oshie's concussed, out," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said following the morning skate. "Oshie has something else going on plus the concussion so we're not sure whether it's the bacterial [infection]."

Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk said the Blues will be fine even without Oshie and Backes.

"We just have to have other guys step up," Shattenkirk said. "That's the way we're built. We're deep. We have guys who can do it. They're going to be tough losses. They're hard to fill those voids. But we should be fine with what we have on the back-burner."

Hitchcock also said that right wing Joakim Lindstrom and center Paul Stastny may also miss Thursday's action.

"We're in scramble mode. Nobody's feeling sorry for us; we've got to get points. We've just got to keep pace with everybody until we get a lot of these players back in," Hitchcock said.

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