Barring any major setbacks, David Backes is set to rejoin the Bruins’ lineup for Saturday’s anticipated road tilt against the Nashville Predators.
The skater had missed the past five games after taking a high hit from Oilers defenseman Matt Benning back on Oct. 18. While Backes eventually returned to the game against Edmonton, he was a late scratch two days later against the Canucks, with the team eventually ruling him out for the next two weeks due to an upper-body injury.
On Thursday, Backes noted the injury he sustained from the high hit was related to his history of concussions, adding that he has suffered three of them since signing with the Bruins in 2016.
For Backes, who has been vocal about the shift in today’s NHL — especially in terms of the ability to answer on the ice against questionable hits — Benning’s hit was another example in which he didn’t have many options to defend himself. Meanwhile, the Oilers defenseman was not penalized by the league for the hit.