With a record of 24-19-8 and 56 points, the St. Louis Blues have a chance to lock up the final playoff spot in the Honda West Division against the Vegas Golden Knights. The Blues will need to acquire one more point than the Los Angeles Kings tonight if they want to make a return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 44th time in franchise history.
One the biggest questions, if the team is able to indeed secure the last playoff spot in the West division, is who would the team face in the first round of the playoffs? Also how would they stack up to their competition?
Scenario Needed To Lock Up Final Playoff Spot In West Division
In order for the St. Louis Blues to reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs and lock up their spot tonight (May 7) against either Vegas, Minnesota, or Colorado, the team must first acquire at least more than one point than the Los Angeles Kings.
The Blues will have favor on their side though as the Kings matchup with the Colorado Avalanche tonight, a team that they’re 1-3-0 against so far this season. The Blues will look for solid team play to earn at least a point tonight while secretly pulling for a Colorado win in regulation to officially clinch their spot.
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Most Likely Stanley Cup Playoffs Opponent
The most likely playoff opponent for the Blues is the Vegas Golden Knights. Vegas currently sits in first with a record of 37-13-2 for 76 points.
They hold a four point lead over the Colorado Avalanche with four games currently remaining. Don’t count the Avalanche out for a first place finish quite yet.
In six games played so far this season against the Golden Knights, St. Louis is 2-3-1 for five points. St. Louis has struggled mightily against Colorado as well. In 14 combined games between the two, the Blues have compiled a record of 5-8-1 for 11 points.
The most favored matchup for the team and fans would be against the Minnesota Wild. St. Louis registered a 4-1-1 mark for nine points against their northern neighbors.
What’s for certain though is that there’s still games left and the top three spots in the division are far from determined. While a matchup against Minnesota is most favored by the Blues, the team will look to bring their recent red hot play against whoever they face in the first round.