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Blues C Backes to sit out after collision

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Ottawa Senators Zack Smith (15) and Chris Neil (25) check St.Louis Blues David Backes (42) during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Fred Chartrand)

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Center David Backes has been ruled out for St. Louis' game against San Jose, snapping a string of 274 consecutive appearances.

Backes left Monday night's 3-2 loss to Ottawa after colliding with Senators center Colin Greening in the second period. The upper-body injury occurred when Greening's helmet appeared to make contact with Backes' head.

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock says he thinks Backes will be out for at least a week.

Backes had played in 289 straight games counting the playoffs. Before Tuesday night, the captain last missed a game on Jan 25, 2010.

Backes has 16 goals and 14 assists in 32 games.

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