Blues forward David Backes is one of three finalists for the Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward. Pavel Datsyuk of Detroit and Patrice Bergeron of Boston are the other finalists.

"It's quite an honor to be up for any award," Backes said after practice Monday. "I think we're the most proud here that we went about a team-first mentality, we worried about getting team success. When we have that success, the individual accolades tend to follow after that. It's definitely an honor. I'm the one that's going but I've played almost every shift this year with guys like T.J. Oshie, Alex Steen, David Perron, and those guys deserve a lot of credit. I'm honored and humbled but our work here isn't done."