Originally posted on Nightmare on Helm Street  |  Last updated 2/13/13
So lets get one thing straight before we hit the jump... I never, ever, ever wish harm on a hockey player from another team. Unless the other player is Claude Lemieux. Screw that guy. That said, tonight David Backes of the St. Louis Blues needs to pay the piper a bit. Hit the jump to find out why. I know what the assumption will be from Blues fans—and from Red Wings fans as well. That I want Backes to pay for his non-headshot on Brendan Smith ImeanKentHuskins. That couldn't be father from the truth. Let me be the first to say that the hit on Huskins wasn't a headshot. However it is a great example of why I do think it's time for Mr. Backes to have a little taste of his own medicine. This guy has been running around against the Wings like a freight train with no tracks since the season opener. I know I'm not the only one that remembers him flattening Damien Brunner in that game. And then, during the same shift crunching Henrik Zetterberg (fast-forward to the 24 second mark on that one). No Wing stood up to him then, and no Wing has stood up to him since. It's not a matter of those hits being dirty, because they weren't. Well, the one on Brunner was a little from behind, but I'm not new school enough to call it dirty.  This is a matter of a player on the other team taking liberties with Detroit's best hockey players. I'm not calling for Backes to get his head caved in or anything along those lines. All I want is a nice "how do ya' do" from Kronwall or Tootoo to remind Backes that he isn't the only guy that can throw his weight around. Lets get real. Darren McCarty would have never put up with that s@#&. If I am Mike Babcock I line Tootoo up in my top-six all night and go for the matchup against Backes. I'm not Babcock (obviously), but I feel like there needs to be a physical prescience on the ice against the captain of the Blues at all times at this point. Detroit plays St. Louis too often to have one of their top guys feeling like they can run whoever they want, whenever they want, with no repercussions. Again, I'm not looking for anyone to run the guy. Just a little heads up that Detroit has guys that can play like that too. I can't tell you how rock-'em-sock-'em stoked I'll be if it's Kronwall that catches him with his head down though... have we seen anyone get Kronwalled this season? I strain to remember, but I think not... Enjoy the game, and hit me up on Twitter (@FranklinSteele) to chat throughout if you'd like. I'm always down for some hockey chitter-chatter. Spares my girlfriend the aggravation of trying to figure out what in Hockey God's name I am talking about anyway. That poor girl. Go Wings. Over and out.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Dwight Howard: ‘I have not asked the Rockets to trade me’

Nazem Kadri fined $5,000 for throat-slashing gesture

Hassan Whiteside suspended one game for elbowing Boban Marjanovic

Hornets’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has torn labrum

Report: Antonio Tarver suspended six months, fined $50,000 for positive test

Texans owner wants team to draft a top quarterback

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Subban undergoes larynx surgery, out at least eight weeks

Report: Raiders staying in Oakland for 2016 season

Cavaliers showing trade interest in Kings’ Ben McLemore

Report: Rockets shopping Dwight Howard

Jim Fassel takes issue with Cam Newton's warmup MVP cleats

Report: NFL upholds Vontaze Burfict’s three-game suspension

Barry J. Sanders transferring to Oklahoma State

Fantasy booking WrestleMania 32

USWNT start Olympic qualification in style by scoring in first 12 seconds

Magic Johnson wants Peyton Manning to join Rams

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

Franchise tag has been a useful tool for John Elway, Broncos

The 16 best NBA All-Star Game sneakers ever

Eight most potentially combustible MLB clubhouses

Matt Barnes coyly denies IG post was shot at Derek Fisher

NHLers who should be dealt to contenders before deadline

Robert Kraft compares Tom Brady to Peyton, Eli Manning

WATCH: Markieff Morris appears to flip the bird to heckler

Prediction for each NBA award heading into the All-Star Break

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Fantasy booking WrestleMania 32

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

QUIZ: Name the winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker