The St. Louis Blues lost at home last night 4-1 to the Washington Capitals, only the first time all season the Blues have dropped three in-a-row. Stuck at 111 points, the Blues still remain atop both the Central Division and the Western Conference but their foes are closing in as the season grinds to completion this weekend.
With three games remaining the Central, West and even the President’s Trophy are completely up for grabs as teams like Colorado, San Jose, and Boston are surging while St. Louis has lost their stranglehold on their once healthy lead. Only 5-points separates the top four teams in the league, and the Blues are only a single point ahead of Anaheim for number 1 in the West.
The way St. Louis has played this month, it might not make much difference in the playoffs whether they have home-ice advantage or not. In their three losses since April 1st two have come at Scottrade Center. They’ll play two more on the road before finishing the regular season at home versus the Detroit Red Wings on the 13th.
Fear not though, Blues fans. Potentially falling out of first place in the West may not necessarily be the end of the line for St. Louis. In the last three seasons, only last year’s Chicago Blackhawks finished 1st (and won the President’s Trophy) en route to winning the Cup. The Los Angeles Kings won in 2012 starting out 5th in the West and the Boston Bruins were 3rd in the East as they went on to win in 2011.
Each of those clubs finished their final eight regular season games 5-2-1 and while the Blues could win out the next three and still not win the President’s Trophy, no one could catch them for the Western Conference title.
The games that really matter begin next Wednesday, April 16th. While it’s tough to watch the Blues spiral downward as they close out the regular season and hard to imagine them succeeding in the playoffs going in without positive momentum, things are reset to zero before the puck drops on Game 1.
GO BLUES! LONG LIVE THE NOTE!