3 players who must step up for the St. Louis Blues last stand to make the NHL Playoffs

The St. Louis Blues still have a slim chance to make the NHL Playoffs as the final two weeks of the 2023-24 season have arrived.
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Robert Thomas must play more like the team’s leading points producer

While Pavel Buchnevich is the Blues leading scorer alongside Jake Neighbours, Robert Thomas has been playing on another level throughout most of the season, with 75 points and 23 goals across the first 76 contests. But like Buchnevich, he’s had a tough time finding the net lately, with zero goals in his previous six games and just two in his past 11. 

Also, like Buchnevich, both goals came in just one game, which occurred in a win over the Anaheim Ducks. However, unlike Buchnevich, Thomas has had just three assists in his previous 11 games and seven points (three goals and four assists) since March 2nd. 

If there is anyone on this team who needs to step up and play their best game down the stretch, it’s the team’s leading points producer. From October 12th through February 28th, Thomas had an eye-popping 68 points and 20 goals, so once again, do the math. He was on pace for between 94 and 95 points when February 28th rolled around, and between 27 and 28 goals. 

The upside is that Thomas doesn’t need to repeat that performance to help the Blues, but he needs to at least get close to the point-per-game threshold again. If he does that, and if those players who have recently stepped up keep playing their respective games, the Blues will be hard to beat.