St. Louis Blues Can Clinch No Worse Than Five Seed with Next Win: Fan Take

The St. Louis Blues continue to win in the waning NHL season. With six games left, the Blues have 103 points and possess the NHL's best record. With one more victory, St. Louis will clinch no worse than a five seed in terms of the Western Conference playoffs.

At 105 points, it will be impossible for the Chicago Blackhawks to catch St. Louis in the standings. Chicago is the current six seed. The next victory also makes the Central Division a three-team race as the Nashville Predators and Detroit Red Wings try to catch St. Louis.

The Predators and Red Wings both come to Scottrade Center in the next week and a half to help close out the season. A win over Detroit April 4 may even clinch the Central Division title.

All of this depends upon if the Blues win more games. The likelihood of at least four more victories is a distinct possibility. Four of the remaining six games are at home where St. Louis boasts 29 wins on the season. Only the Red Wings have won more games on home ice with 30.

The sooner St. Louis clinches the top spot, the sooner head coach Ken Hitchcock can rest his guys for the playoffs. Alex Steen was recently reactivated after suffering a concussion. He has missed 39 games since Dec. 27. Like other injured players who have come back this year for the Blues, Steen will be a vital part of a run through the playoffs.

The Blues have a fairly easy schedule in terms of time at home. The next matchup is against the Predators March 27. Then St. Louis travels to Illinois to take on the Chicago Blackhawks two nights later. Then a return trip home will pit St. Louis against the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets March 31.

The big deal is that St. Louis then gets three days off to rest before hosting Detroit. April 6 brings the Phoenix Coyotes to town before finishing out at the Dallas Stars April 7.

St. Louis should just win the next four games and clinch the Central Division. St. Louis still the only Western Conference team that controls its only destiny.

William Browning was born in St. Louis and has been a lifelong Blues fan.

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Updated Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012