The St. Louis Blues dropped back-to-back games to Central Division foes this weekend, and suddenly the team’s grip on the top seed is slipping. St. Louis is the top team in the Central with 111 points, but the red-hot Colorado Avalanche have closed the gap considerably over the last few weeks.
Colorado is 6-2-2 in its last 10 and is only three points behind the Blues for the division crown. The Avalanche have picked up 13 points in their last seven games, hacking away at St. Louis’ lead while they continue to play up-and-down hockey.If the Blues lose tomorrow to the Washington Capitals, it’ll mark the first time this season that they’ve been dealt three consecutive losses. It will also open the door for Colorado to come storming in. The Avalanche take on a beatable Edmonton Oilers team on Tuesday.
Colorado’s season-closing schedule could work in St. Louis’ favor. The Avalanche don’t play another home game this season, and will wrap up the season on a West Coast road swing. That’s always a tough gauntlet, and a matchup with the San Jose Sharks—another team scrapping together points for a Division banner—sticks out in particular.
Meanwhile, St. Louis has two tough games following Washington’s visit. The Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars up are this week, followed by a contest against the Detroit Red Wings to close out the campaign. For several months it seemed like the Central was St. Louis’ to lose. Right now they’re on the cusp of losing it, and they need to put together a strong stretch of play heading into the postseason if they want to hang onto that No. 1 seed.
To wrap up the Division without a doubt, the Blues need to pick up five points in their next four games.