NHL Playoffs

Push for the Playoffs: St. Louis or Colorado?

The Blues have certainly turned their season upside down. After losing 9 of 13 games during the month of February the Blues turned it around in March winning 8 of 13 games. As of late after dropping three straight the Blues are dealing with yet another playoff push scenario. Year after year it always seems this team barely gets in or gets in late in the season. After getting off to a hot start and handling the West the Blues fell off and imploded. Jaden Schwartz got injured, their defense couldn’t stay healthy and the goaltending was inconsistent. They somehow, someway(don’t ask me) managed to ratchet things up and go on a small tear that has allowed them to be one point out of a wild-card spot with three games to play.

The Blues are behind the Avalanche by one point with a game in hand, and the Avalanche schedule does not favor them as much as the Blues does. The Blues finish with two games vs Chicago(tonight) and one vs Colorado. Colorado comes at the end of the season and the way this wild-card race is ranking up that game will be the last wild card spot. Whoever wins it, is in. But can the Blues make this playoff push, now they rank 24th for goals for per game(2.71) and 25th for goals against(2.68). Their power play ranks 30th performing at a 15.3 percent and their penalty kill ranks 18th performing at 18 percent. Luckily none of those numbers matter but I bet you were like “oh god he’s going to hit us with some numbers here”, yeah, no. There are three games to play if the Blues cannot make a run in three games and take two of three here than there is a bigger problem to address. The Avalanche end the season with San Jose and St. Louis, so if St. Louis just takes three of four from Chicago they are essentially in because I don’t see Colorado beating San Jose(especially after San Jose losing to Dallas Tuesday night).

Final verdict: St. Louis over Colorado for the final wild-card spot. 

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