The St. Louis Blues may not reach the postseason, but they can still spoil the fun for some other teams.
The Blues, the NHL’s worst team for much of the season, look for their sixth win in seven games as they visit the Calgary Flames.
The Blues beat Edmonton 4-2 on Wednesday night in their first game following the Olympic break. St. Louis also beat the Oilers in a shootout Feb. 12 just before the break.
St. Louis still has the fewest points in the Western Conference, but is relishing its spoiler role even as it faces missing the playoffs for the first time in 25 years.
“I want to make it miserable for everybody else and hopefully knock them out of the playoffs,” said Keith Tkachuk, who had a goal and an assist in Wednesday’s victory. “It’s sour grapes, but that’s the way you have to approach it.”
“We can play the spoiler,” said Sanford, who has won his last five starts. “We’re going to play a pivotal role in how other teams fare in the conference.”
The Flames are in the midst of seven straight games at home, including five after the Olympic break. Calgary has lost only nine times in 29 home games this season, but one of those defeats came Tuesday night to Vancouver in the Flames’ first game back from the break.
The 2-1 loss to the Canucks snapped a three-game winning streak and allowed Vancouver to tie Calgary atop the Northwest Division with 73 points. Third-place Colorado is just one point behind.
“I don’t know if we were waiting around for the usual suspects to try and get us going or what,” said Robyn Regehr, who scored Calgary’s only goal. “But winning games for us is about being strong in our own zone, being physical, and having different guys step up and provide timely offense for us and that didn’t happen tonight.”
The Flames beat the Blues 3-2 in overtime Feb. 10, snapping a four-game home losing streak to St. Louis.