Thursday night, scoreboard watchers went from optimistic to irritated to petulant, all thanks to the Vancouver Canucks. All Vancouver had to do was hold their 2-0 lead over the Predators, and the Blues would have an advantage coming into tonight game.
The Canucks blew that lead, and then lost in the final minutes. Now, the Blues have to win tonight’s game and keep their fingers crossed that the Preds lose to Chicago and the Jets lose to Arizona. If those teams want to play last minute pain in the ass spoiler, that would be great.
A loss against Vancouver, a team that has played the Blues better than they should have all season long, would mean that the Blues start the post-season in either Winnipeg or Nashville.
Granted, if you’d told me at the start of 2019 that the Blues would even be in a position for this to happen I would’ve asked you for whatever it is you were smoking. It’s not greedy to want your team to get the best playoff positioning possible, but it does feel a bit odd to be stressing out over where they finish.
Tonight is the third and final game against the Canucks for the Blues this season. In their previous two matchups, the Canucks plowed through the Blues 7-1 and 6-1, but those games were before the reset button was pressed. The Canucks are smack dab in the middle of the Pacific Division standings with 80 points - not bad, not exactly good, but they may be turning a corner. This could be the worst possible time for the Blues to not take an opponent seriously.