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Regular Season Finale Big for Blues

Saturday, 04.27.2013 / 12:28 PM
By Chris Pinkert - St. Louis Blues / Blue Note Insider

It all comes down to this.

The Blues can finish with the No. 4, No. 5 or No. 6 seed in the Western Conference, and it all depends on two games (Blues / Blackhawks at 7 p.m. and Kings / Sharks at 9:30 p.m.)

Here are a few possible scenarios:

  1. With a Blues win against the Blackhawks, the Blues guarantee themselves the No. 4 seed in the West and have home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Their first round opponent will be the winner of the San Jose / Los Angeles game (9:30 p.m. tonight, NBC Sports Network).
  2. If the Blues lose in overtime or a shootout tonight, they still get home-ice advantage if San Jose beats Los Angeles.
  3. If the Blues lose in regulation, they won’t have home-ice advantage in Round 1.
  4. The Blues finish sixth if they lose tonight in regulation and San Jose beats Los Angeles in overtime or a shootout.

That’s a lot of math, and it’s not always simple.

Basically, the Blues can play either Los Angeles, San Jose or Vancouver in the first round, and they’ll know the answer tonight after the Sharks / Kings game.

“Regardless of what happens, 90 minutes after the game we’ve moved onto the next event,” Ken Hitchcock said after today’s morning skate. “If it ends up in a win, great, we know we’re the four seed and we watch TV. If we don’t win, we adjust accordingly. You can’t carry any baggage postgame.”

If you’re attending tonight’s game, the Bud Light Zone on the Club Level will be open after the game to show the Sharks / Kings game.


Joel Quenneville told reporters recently that “we might look at resting some guys” in tonight’s game against the Blues.

Chicago has clinched the Presidents’ Trophy and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs, so resting guys and avoiding the risk of injury to key players would make sense.

“We go in the same way. They already have their home ice locked up and we’re trying to do the same thing,” said Blues forward Ryan Reaves. “A win helps us out in that regard, so we approach this like they have their big lineup in tonight.”

The Blackhawks played a full lineup last night in their home game against the Calgary Flames. Tonight, they could be without any or all of the following players: Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook.

Goalie Carter Hutton could make his NHL debut tonight in goal for the Blackhawks.

“You have an obligation at home to (play your full lineup),” Hitchcock said. “You owe your home fans, you owe those people that obligation and you have to honor it. I don’t care if the game is for nothing, sitting out your best players at home to me would be offensive if I was a fan. What you do on the road is up to you. You have to protect your lineup.

“(Quenneville) played his full lineup yesterday. It was their appreciation day and he played it right to the end. You don’t want to come here with nothing on the line and risk an injury. If I was in Joel’s position, I would be doing the exact same thing.”


Hitchcock said that Barret Jackman and T.J. Oshie could both play tonight, but they won't because he doesn't want to take any risks with them.

Both should be ready for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Jackman was injured after blocking a shot in the April 23 game vs. Colorado. Oshie has been recovering from surgery on his left ankle.

“It was hard watching the other night, and tonight’s no different,” Jackman said. “It kills me to be in the stands but that’s the way it goes. You get bumps and bruises and you get injuries. Sometimes it’s better just to sit out and there’s more than capable guys in the lineup. I feel more than comfortable with (Kris Russell) taking over for me.

“Obviously you want to be playing every game, but two days before the playoffs, two games off before the playoffs isn’t a bad thing. I’ll be feeling great come Tuesday or Wednesday whenever we start with whoever we play.”


  • The Blues have won five consecutive games at Scottrade Center, which is their longest streak of the season.
  • Adam Cracknell leads the Blues with two goals against the Blackhawks this season. Chris Porter and Alexander Steen each have two points vs. Chicago.
  • Brian Elliott, who is expected to start in goal, has set a Blues record with 10 wins in April. Tonight, he’ll be looking for No. 11.
  • The team that scored first has won each of the last seven meetings dating back to last season.




1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67


A. Steen 68 33 29 17 62
T. Oshie 79 21 39 19 60
D. Backes 74 27 30 14 57
J. Schwartz 80 25 31 28 56
A. Pietrangelo 81 8 43 20 51
K. Shattenkirk 81 10 35 1 45
V. Tarasenko 64 21 22 20 43
D. Roy 75 9 28 -1 37
J. Bouwmeester 82 4 33 26 37
V. Sobotka 61 9 24 14 33
B. Elliott 18 6 2 .922 1.96
R. Miller 25 30 4 .918 2.64

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