David Backes has experienced a lot during his time in St. Louis. He has never experienced a more successful stretch of hockey.

The Blues have to win 13 of their final 33 games to become the winningest team Backes has played with since he donned the Note in 2006-07. Isn't it funny how that works?

Last summer there was angst over who should replace Eric Brewer as the Blues' captain. Many favored emerging young quarterback Alex Pietrangelo for the role. Others thought two-way standout Alex Steen might wear the "C" well. Some pointed to Barret Jackman, while still others wondered if incoming veterans Jamie Langenbrunner or Jason Arnott might be the best choice.

All are deserving of consideration, worthy of debate. For Blues management, the candidate was obvious, as definitive as his part in an invigorating first half. The 27-year-old Backes is this team's captain and it's most explicit leader since gritty Brian Sutter.