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Blues at Kings Preview: One last road game

The Blues will close out the season against the Minnesota Wild later this week.

NHL: St. Louis Blues at Los Angeles Kings Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

As you may or may not remember, back in March there was an awful blizzard that smacked Denver and much of the American West. Why do I mention this? It’s the reason we have a game to watch tonight.

Instead of flying out early, the Kings were forced to stay in Denver due to unsafe travel conditions. The first game of their two game set was canceled, and the Blues were able to only play the March 17th St. Patrick’s Day tilt. If you were drinking for St. Pat’s, you didn’t miss much: the Blues lost 4-1. If you were drinking because of the game, at least you had a holiday to blame it on.

The Kings have been the California team that have given the Blues issues this season, which would explain why up until Friday night they were still mathematically alive in the playoff hunt. This season the Blues are 2-4-1 against LA, with the Kings outscoring St. Louis 23-15.

The Blues are in the postseason, so there’s no more worrying about points. There’s only worrying about fundamentals and getting into playoff playing form. Neither of those were particularly on display in the Blues’ 4-1 loss against Los Vegas. If that was a first round preview, well... it’s gonna be a quick first round. Get ready for lots of Alex Pietrangelo centered narratives, people.

Colton Parayko offered up this assessment of Saturday’s loss:

“It’s a good team over there,” Parayko said. We’ve got to come ready at the puck drop. Sixty minutes, we’ve got to make sure we’re ready for 60. Three games left here, we’re going to build something going into the playoffs.”

It looks like they still know what to do, but doing it can be inconsistent. Tonight’s game against the Kings would be a good place to start getting back in the habit of playing a complete game. You don’t make it far in the postseason if you can’t.