So remember how we said it was really simple on Thursday. One win in overtime or regulation and the Blues were champions of their division for the eighth time in franchise history. Well, any point tonight will accomplish that. But the Columbus Blue Jackets are in town. So expectations are a little higher than that.
But don't sleep on the Blue Jackets (unless you live in Columbus). They've won two in a row with those victories both coming against playoff teams -- the once mighty Detroit Red Wings and the resurgent Florida Panthers. The cure that has ailed the woes of Columbus? Goaltender Allen York. Never heard of him? Join the club. He's played sparingly at all levels this year. He's spent time in the NHL, the AHL and ECHL. Combined he has less than 500 saves on the season and less than 25 games played. He might be a savior for the worst team in the NHL.
I wrote that in case his parents are googling him.
So Jaroslav Halak gets his second consecutive start in goal tonight after taking the shootout loss in Chicago. He was at fault on probably the first goal of the three he allowed, but he had been off for more than a week. He was rock solid the rest of the way and was one of the reasons the Blues took that game to overtime and the shootout. Starting playoff goaltender? He'll continue to make his case tonight.
Late word has Carlo Coliacovo getting a seat in the press box tonight with Roman Polak returning to the lineup. And reports from practice yesterday had Chris Stewart on the fourth line with Matt D'Agostini and Scott Nichol (Carlo, get to know Chris Porter and Ryan Reaves a tad better).
I think that's everything. It's close. I can feel it. They need more banners in the rafters. How about getting one tonight.
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