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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 8:01 am 
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The St. Louis Blues are tuning up for the playoffs and the Carolina Hurricanes are preparing for the offseason, but the teams have similar objectives going into Saturday night's game at PNC Arena.

The Blues securely are in the Western Conference playoffs, but there's still the matter of sorting out postseason positioning this weekend.

"Everybody is gearing up for playoffs," St. Louis left winger David Perron said.

The Blues (44-29-7) are trying to lock up third place in the Central Division, but they remain only one point ahead of the Nashville Predators (41-28-12), who are playoff-bound as well. A victory or extending the game to overtime against the Hurricanes would clinch that third-place divisional spot for St. Louis without going into the final day of the season with that uncertainty.

"Obviously, we're looking at other scores, but we're also expecting ourselves to take care of our games," Perron said. "I think it's huge in the playoffs. It would be huge to secure third place."

St. Louis, which will play its last road game of the regular season, is 13-2-2 across a period of a little more than a month. The Blues are coming off a four-goal third period that sealed a 6-3 victory over Florida on Thursday night.

"Hopefully we can get a little more consistent the last two games," St. Louis goalie Jake Allen said.

Meanwhile, the Blues have center Vladimir Sobotka back on the roster after three seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League. He's eligible to be on the ice Saturday night.

The Hurricanes will play their home finale before going to Philadelphia to complete the season Sunday. They want to create a good vibe heading to the offseason, and winning the last home game would be a step toward doing that.

For Carolina (35-31-14), which earlier this week was eliminated from playoff contention, there's the sense that many of the good deeds from March could be washed away in a matter of a little more than a week. The Hurricanes exited March on a 13-game point streak (9-0-4).

Since then, they've gone 0-4-0 in April.

"Everyone wants to win and that's what we try to do," Carolina right winger Sebastian Aho said.

However, there were serious concerns about the manner in which they handled the start of Thursday night's 3-0 home loss to the New York Islanders. Coach Bill Peters was pretty straightforward about how he didn't want to witness a repeat of that.

"I would suggest you go back to work and find the identity and share the workload to finish this off properly," Peters said.

Carolina is in danger of matching a season-worst five-game losing streak, which occurred in January.

Even with the playoffs no longer a possibility for Carolina, Peters said there are important aspects to the final weekend of the season.

"You continue to watch and continue to evaluate," he said.

For Carolina left winger Bryan Bickell, it has been an emotional week. He returned to the NHL ice for the first time since October after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

He was overcome with emotion following Thursday's home game, which was his second contest back at his level and his first in front of family in the home arena.

On Friday, the Hurricanes called up forward Sergey Tolchinsky from Charlotte of the American Hockey League. In return, center Andrew Poturalski was sent to the Checkers after playing his first two NHL games earlier this week.
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Blues • The Blues need just a point, or a Nashville loss, to clinch third place in the Central and a first-round series with Minnesota. … The game may be the first for Vladimir Sobotka after playing the past three seasons in Russia. He practiced Friday and the team will decide his availability Saturday morning ... Carter Hutton will get the start in net.

Hurricanes • Carolina beat the Blues 4-2 at Scottrade Center on Jan. 5. … The Hurricanes made a late run at a playoff spot with a 7-0-2 stretch at the end of March, but since then they’ve gone 0-4 and are going to finish sixth or seventh in the Metropolitan Division. … Sebastian Aho has 23 goals, the third-most among rookies this season.

Injuries • Blues — D Robert Bortuzzo (upper body), C Paul Stastny (lower body), RW Nail Yakupov (undisclosed) and LW Robby Fabbri (knee), out. Hurricanes — D Ryan Murphy (lower body) and F Jay McClement (lower body), questionable.

This day in history:
1970 Phil Goyette sets Blues single game playoff record with 4 assists in 6-2 win over North Stars.
1973 Blues defeat Blackhawks 6-3 winning their first playoff game vs an Original Six team.
1980 Gordie Howe sets an NHL record for most years in the playoffs (20) and makes his first playoff appearance since 1970 when he takes the ice for the Hartford Whalers against the Montreal Canadiens. Whalers lost their first playoff game 6-1.
1980 Mike Liut is knocked unconscious by shot and Blackhawks score OT winner on play while Liut is out on the ice. (Thanks Andy Van Hellemond)

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TONIGHT'S PROJECTED LINEUP

Forwards
Jaden Schwartz-Ivan Barbashev-Vladimir Tarasenko
Alexander Steen-Patrik Berglund-David Perron
Dmitrij Jaskin-Zach Sanford-Magnus Paajarvi
Scottie Upshall-Kyle Brodziak-Ryan Reaves

Defensemen
Jay Bouwmeester-Alex Pietrangelo
Joel Edmundson-Colton Parayko
Carl Gunnarsson-Jordan Schmaltz

Goalie
Carter Hutton

HURRICANES' PROJECTED LINEUP

Forwards
Sebastian Aho-Jordan Staal-Elias Lindholm
Joakim Nordstrom-Victor Rask-Teuvo Teravainen
Jeff Skinner-Derek Ryan-Lee Stempniak
Sergey Tolchinsky-Brock McGinn-Bryan Bickell

Defensemen
Jaccob Slavin-Brett Pesce
Noah Hanifan-Justin Faulk
Klas Dahlbeck-Matt Tennyson

Goalie
Cam Ward


Gotta say I like giving Sanford a shot at C. However, that should be listed as 4th line, because that is how much ice time they will get.

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The projected lines don't indicate either Lehtera or Sobotka.

Those lines look decent but I would also like them to start working Boat back in prior to the playoffs starting so they can see where he best fits.

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The projected lines don't indicate either Lehtera or Sobotka.

Those lines look decent but I would also like them to start working Boat back in prior to the playoffs starting so they can see where he best fits.


Sobotka is out tonight. Yeo doesn't want him playing after basically two morning skates. This seems kind of silly, since tomorrow just means 3 morning skates. In the skates, Sobotka was centering a top line - Rutherford didn't indicate which.

Lehtera is out sick. (which is perfectly okay with me since his play makes me sick)

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Barbashev centering Tarasenko needs to be a permanent thing. I suspect that's what they had in mind when they drafted Ivan.

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Damn that was fast!

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Barbashev bangs the puck home only 25 seconds in!!!! Blues take the early lead!!!

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The Blues are playing great on this PK, allowing no shots! Good kill!

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Great save by Hutton, preserving the tie!

Good, and lucky, kill!

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Nice drive on goal by Parayko!

Then nice drive by Schwartz and Tarasenko.

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Why can't The Blues keep pucks on their sticks tonight? And why can't they get the puck out of their own zone. They look lackadaisical tonight. Good start, but lousy period overall, in terms of puck control and defensive coverage.

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Good one-timer by Steen!!! PP goal!!! Blues tie it 2-2!!!

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Lucky goal for The Blues, especially because they should have been called for holding Ajo! Reaves gets his 7th!!! Blues tie it at 3!!!

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Why can't The Blues keep pucks on their sticks tonight? And why can't they get the puck out of their own zone. They look lackadaisical tonight. Good start, but lousy period overall, in terms of puck control and defensive coverage.


They aren't looking when pressured in the D-zone, just firing pucks up the boards blindly, instead of looking for a play and being patient - even under pressure. Sometimes it means taking a hit to gain that extra second to make a play vice turning the puck over. They just aren't doing it in their own zone.

Meanwhile, 17-49-91, Oh my!!! The only issue with that group is face-offs. Ivan better get busy this off-season and learn some tricks from Boats and Walnuts.

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Upshall with the steal, breakaway and makes no mistake for the shorthander!!! Blues lead 4-3!!!! BIG, BIG, BIG goal!!!

And right after, Perron fails on a breakaway!

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Great save by Hutton on a point blank shot! Saves the lead!

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I don't like "backing in", but The Blues clinch 3rd with this point, and the pressure is off. Now, they need to win this game in OT, and beat The Avs tomorrow, so they can go into The Playoffs on a positive note.

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Great 3 on 4 kill!!!

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Blues need to win this game on The PP! Do it!!!

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Thank goodness! Tarasenko buries it. And The Blues can still feel good about themselves. Winnipeg leads Nashville 2-1 with 44 seconds left. So, The Blues could have backed in. But, this is better. And with good luck, even with Pietrangelo and Bouwmeester out tomorrow, they'll win, and end the season on a positive note. :banana:

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