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What The Blues Must Do To Seal A Playoff Spot

There's a good chance that Saturday's season finale will be a do-or-die game for the Blues vs. Avalanche.

April 04, 2018 - 10:10 am
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UPDATE - The St. Louis Blues' hopes stayed very much alive, thanks to a San Jose win last night against Colorado. Although the Blues are coming off a loss Wednesday night to the Chicago Blackawks (4-3). The Colorado Avalanche are still just one point ahead of St. Louis, with Saturday night's season finale looming.

Friday night, St. Louis will take on the Chicago Blackhawks as Colorado will scoreboard watch. No matter what happens tonight, St. Louis will head to the Avalanche Sunday needing just one point to leap over Colorado in the Western Conference Wild Card standings.

KMOX's previous reporting on Wednesday:

The St. Louis Blues are one point out of a playoff spot, with three games left to play. Over the next four days, they will fight to secure the second Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.

St. Louis and Colorado face off on Saturday in Colorado, the final day of the NHL season – which could end up being a do-or-die game for both teams. The good thing for the Blues is that they have a game in hand on Colorado and play two games against a below .500 Chicago Blackhawks, while the Avalanche face the 44-25-10 San Jose Sharks.

And if St. Louis and Colorado are tied after Saturday's matchup, St. Louis owns the tiebreaker with a 3-1 head-to-head record this season.

Current Wild Card standings (as of Wednesday morning):

Anaheim: 95 points with 3 games left to play.

Colorado: 93 points with 2 games left to play.

St. Louis: 92 points with 3 games left to play. 

So here are the possible ways that St. Loius makes the playoffs:

IF St. Louis beats Chicago in both games AND Colorado beats San Jose, then St. Louis will be up by one point before Saturday's season finale. THEN a St. Louis win or overtime loss would get the Blues to the playoffs. 

IF St. Louis beats Chicago in one of the games then loses the other in regulation AND Colorado beats San Jose, then St. Louis would be tied with Colorado before Saturday's season finale. THEN that game would be a do-or-die, with the winner going to the playoffs and the loser's season would be over. 

IF St. Louis loses both games against Chicago in overtime AND Colorado beats San Jose, then St. Louis will still be one point behind Colorado before Saturday's season finale. THEN St. Louis would have to win that game in regulation.

IF St. Louis loses both games in regulation against Chicago AND Colorado loses to San Jose loses in overtime, then St. Louis will be two points behind Colorado before Saturday's season finale. THEN St. Louis would have to win that game in regulation.

Another way to think about it, St. Louis just has to be within two points of Colorado heading into Saturday's season finale to have a shot at the playoffs.

So the worst-case scenario for St. Louis would be IF Colorado beats San Jose in regulation AND St. Louis loses both games in regulation to Chicago, then St. Louis would be three points behind San Jose and mathmatically eliminated from the playoffs. 

The Blues host Chicago tonight, which can be heard on Y98 98.1FM at 7 p.m. (pregame at 6:30 p.m.), then Friday and Saturday's games will be back on KMOX 1120AM at 7:30 and 8 p.m., respectively.