On its own, a bad injury situation.
But today, things got even worse.
GM Don Sweeney announced that Backes has undergone the remove of the olecranon bursa from his elbow, and that Backes’ condition will be updated after this weekend.
(It’s surgery to correct elbow bursitis, basically.)
That would mean, presumably, the veteran winger is out until after the weekend — meaning Backes will miss games tonight against the Rangers, and Saturday against the Red Wings.
It’s a fairly significant blow.
Backes looked good in his first few games in a Bruins uniform, posting two goals and four points in five games while averaging a healthy 18:45 TOI per night.
As mentioned, the B’s are back in action tonight on Rivalry Night at MSG (8 p.m., NBCSN).