The Avalanche are backing into the playoffs as well as the Blues have been. This means that the Blues can clinch with a win tonight in Chicago and at least one point against the Avalanche, or a loss tonight in Chicago (not again, please) and a win on Saturday against the Avs. Obviously, this means the odds are basically 50/50 for both teams. PlayoffStatus.com has the Avs at a little higher than 50%.
A win tonight bumps the Blues’ odds up to 54% over at Sports Club Stats by virtue of the “all they need is a point over Colorado” method of clinching. A loss knocks them down to 40%.
Make your beer run, people. Buy a suitcase’s worth.