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That's Steve Ott on the left. He recently signed a new four-year contract for just under $3 million a year. Which means when he gets suspended for a dirty play, it will cost him a lot more!  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
That's Steve Ott on the left. He recently signed a new four-year contract for just under $3 million a year. Which means when he gets suspended for a dirty play, it will cost him a lot more! (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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On our software platform we use to build stories for the blog, you click on the specific game for the game thread. The listing usually has a bunch of games. Suddenly the list is getting shorter. Weird.

The most exciting playoff race this year is for eighth place in the Western Conference. It's too damn bad the Blues are part of the excitement. Friday night the Calgary Flames beat the Colorado Avalanche to climb into a tie for eighth with 89 points apiece. With five games left to play for the Blues including tonight, they sit in 11th place, six points away from the Flames and Avs and one point behind the Stars. If the Blues had won in Nashville Thursday, they'd be in 10th, four points out. Granted, it wouldn't be much better, but it would have at least seemed remotely possible...with five more wins. We could mention that the blown games at home, the third-period leads given up and a host of other breakdowns would have also led to more playoff intrigue compared to playoff disappointment. But we may have talked about that a few times recently.

So instead of this game representing a chance to get closer to the postseason, it's a chance to take sole possession of 10th place!!! The scalpers outside must be doing back handsprings with this matchup. You think they're a little excited to see the Cardinals come back to town in a little more than a week?

This is your game day thread. Treat it like it's a dying bread. Which it is. Go to work.