3 upcoming games the St. Louis Blues must win to keep their playoff hopes alive

The St. Louis Blues have 10 games to catch either the Nashville Predators or the Vegas Golden Knights, so you can argue each upcoming matchup is a must-win.

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St. Louis must parlay their momentum in an April 4th matchup against Nashville

Let’s assume the Blues at least finish March 2024 with a 1-0-1 record and beat the Oilers. Their next matchup on the road against the Predators just became that much more important regarding their playoff chances. 

Nobody in the NHL has enjoyed a better stretch of games this season than Nashville, not even Edmonton, despite the latter’s 16-game winning streak. The Predators have gone, between February 1st and March 27th, 17-2-2, good for 36 points. Since their last regulation loss on February 15th, the Predators are 16-0-2, good for 34 points and an unprecedented 18-game points streak. 

That streak could come to an end before the two teams face off, as the Preds will face the Colorado Avalanche and the Boston Bruins following a game on the 28th against the Arizona Coyotes. Should Nashville lose in regulation during that stretch and the Blues ride into the game with momentum, perhaps there is an upset in the making. 

Unfortunately for the Blues, Nashville has dominated the season series, winning both games in regulation by a combined score of 13-5. Momentum will play a huge role in this game, but the Blues must figure out a way to beat their Central Division rival if they hope to remain in the thick of the playoff race beyond this point.