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David Backes has diverticulitis, out for up to a month

Yikes.

NHL: Ottawa Senators at Boston Bruins Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

During the first intermission tonight, the Bruins announced that David Backes, previously out with an undisclosed “illness,” has been diagnosed with diverticulitis.

From the team:

[Backes] has been undergoing treatment at MGH by Team Internist, Doctor David Finn. Backes will be re-evaluated in approximately two weeks but is expected to be out for at least three to four weeks.

Yeesh.

Per WebMd, diverticulitis is “an inflammation or infection in one or more small pouches in the digestive tract” with symptoms that include “abdominal pain, fever, nausea, and a change in bowel habits.”

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Suddenly it makes all kinds of sense why Backes wasn’t on the bench with his fellow injured players during introductions tonight.

Here’s to a speedy recovery, rest and plenty of fluids for the veteran forward.