BOSTON (CBS) — David Backes was a bit under the weather Monday morning in Toronto, and missed the Bruins’ morning skate ahead of their pivotal matchup with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

He remains a game-time decision for the tilt, but head coach Bruce Cassidy sounds confident that he’ll have the 32-year-old in the lineup:

With Backes out of the morning skate, Cassidy had Jimmy Hayes with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand on Boston’s top line. That’s a thought that will have Bruins fans cringing, so it’s a good thing Backes is expected to play with the B’s trying to hold off the Leafs in the standings.

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Backes has 15 goals and 19 assists in his first season with the Bruins, including two goals in his last three games.

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