With a win tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Blues can clinch their first Central Division title in 11 seasons. The Blue’s chances look pretty good, considering that they are 4-1 against the Jackets this season, and for the first time in 160 games, they will be playing with a 100% healthy roster. Andy McDonald, Roman Polak, and Matt D’Agostini, will each reutrn tonight. Personally I was just getting used to McDonald before he had to sit out with a shoulder injury. Fans have certainly missed Polak’s toughness, and D’Agonstini will provide more depth. Each is a key piece which the team will be happy to have back. Hopefully the Blues can continue to keep their health heading into the playoffs, as their depth has certainly carried them through their season. It would be nice for Hitchcock to have as many pieces as possible to play with.
Aside from health, perhaps the most talked about part of the team this season has been the goalie situation. Brian Elliot’s streak of 186 and a half minutes of shutout goal-tending will continue to be put on hold, and Jaroslav Halak will make his second start in a row. Just as it looked like Halak was a lock to start in the playoffs, Elliot reminded everyone that he can game too. Halak gave up 3 goals on 40 shots Thursday against Chicago. It will be interesting to see how Hitchcock decides to use his two incredible goalies, but I certainly trust him to make the right choice.
With only four games left, and the excitement for the playoffs growing, I just want the Blues to end their magnificent regular season on a high note. I certainly wouldn’t mind coming out with the President’s Trophy.