David Backes might not have said it publicly, but it was a goal of his to reach 30 goals again this season. He set a career high two years ago with 31, but his production fell off last season, dropping to 17. "A lot of guys give me grief that it was a fluke the first time I did it," Backes said. "But we're there again, and 30 assists to go with it." Backes proved Tuesday that his 2008-09 season was no fluke, netting his 30th of the year in a 3-1 win over Colorado. "It's a great plateau for him," Blues coach Davis Payne said. "Obviously getting back to that spot, he's played hard hockey this year, and credit to him, that's how he plays. Great to see him get it. We knew we were getting close, and for him to get it here tonight is excellent." Backes already had 30 assists this season, and with a plus-2 rating Tuesday, he's now a plus-30 this season. It's the 30-30-30 club, if you will. No one is going to take away from his 30 goals or 30 assists, but with two games remaining in the season, he could dip below his plus-30 rating. "I've got to maintain that (plus-minus rating) for two more games," said Backes, who's plus-30 is the fifth-best in the NHL. "I won't count the chickens before they're hatched. You talk about the plus-minus, a lot of times it's a terrible stat. But in this case, we'll say it's a great stat. It doesn't happen without good goaltending and guys that are willing to commit to the defensive side of the game."
Backes reaches 30-30-30 status ... can he keep it?
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Apr 6