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Thursday, March 21, 2013

St. Louis Blues: Next three games are critical for Blues

After a tough 3-2 defeat on the road in Vancouver on Tuesday night, the Blues find themselves in Western Canada with a couple of days off. The Blues do not play until Saturday night when they travel to Edmonton in a game you would figure the Blues should win.

But if you look further down the schedule as the guys from The Cruddy Show did on Tuesday night, it becomes more apparent that the Blues simply must take care of business in the team's next three games.

After playing on the road at Edmonton on Saturday, the Blues will then travel to Calgary for a game against the Flames before coming home to see the Oilers again at the Scottrade Center.

The Blues must win all three of these games in order to position themselves in the best possible way for the final stretch of this abbreviated 48-game season.

The Oilers and Flames are both near the bottom of the Western Conference standings and the Blues can not afford to let precious, easily attainable points slip away at this point in the season, especially considering the Blues are scrambling for playoff position.

The Blues are currently in fifth place in the Western Conference standings with 34 points and are the ninth place Phoenix Coyotes are just four points behind.

Beating the Oilers twice and the Flames once over the next three games could give the Blues some breathing room and also help make up for some points that may be hard to come by in the next stretch of games. The Blues next three games after this easy stretch includes matchups with the Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings and Minnesota Wild, who are three of the top four teams in the West.

This is not a time for Ken Hitchcock's team to sit back and choke away an easy game. It is imperative that the Blues come out flying on Saturday because if the Blues slip up, there is not a whole lot of time left to cover any mistakes.

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