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The Blues passed phase one tonight. They defeated the reeling New York Rangers 2-1 in front of a packed house at the Scottrade Center, thanks to BJ Crombeen's 10th goal of the season late in the third period.

Now comes phases two, three, and four: beat Columbus and Nashville on the road, and Nashville at home.

The way the schedule pans out this week, not only for the Blues, but for the teams ahead of them in the standings that the Blues have a shot of catching, favors the Blues.

These teams would be Dallas, Vancouver, Columbus, Anaheim, Edmonton, Minnesota, Nashville, and Los Angeles.

After running off that list of teams, some of you may think I'm nuts.

Quite the contrary, though. It's more of a possibility than you may think.

As of the end of Monday's games, the Blues stand at 55 points, good for 13th in the Western Conference. Nashville lost tonight, so that helped. Los Angeles somehow was able to pull out one point in a shootout loss to Atlanta. The Blues win, along with Edmonton beating Phoenix, allowed the Blues to leapfrog ahead of the Coyotes in the standings.

This is where it gets interesting...

I have broken down the schedules of each team I mentioned earlier in the blog through Saturday night. I have also added the teams behind the Blues in the standings (Phoenix, Colorado) as well. Here it is as follows, along with predictions on my part:

- Dallas: Edmonton, Chicago. (1-1, loss to Chicago)

- Vancouver: @ Calgary, @ Ottawa, @ Toronto. (1-2, losses to Calgary and Ottawa)

- Columbus: St. Louis, @ Toronto, Anaheim. (1-2-1, loss to St. Louis, shootout loss to Anaheim)

- Anaheim: Los Angeles, @ Detroit, @ Columbus. (1-1-1, loss to Detroit, shootout win vs. Columbus)

- Edmonton: @ San Jose, @ Dallas, Clagary. (0-3)

- Minnesota: Calgary, @ Detroit. (0-2)

- Nashville: @ Detroit, St. Louis, @ St. Louis. (0-3)

- Los Angeles: @ Anaheim, @ San Jose, Phoenix. (1-2, loss to Anaheim and San Jose)

- Phoenix: Atlanta, @ Los Angeles. (0-2)

- Colorado: Ottawa, @ Washington. (0-2)

Based on my predictions, along with the Blues, hypothetically speaking, winning their next three games this week, the standings as of Sunday morning could look like this:

5. Dallas (65 points)
6. Columbus (65 points)
7. Vancouver (64 points)
8. Anaheim (64 points)
9. Edmonton (62 points)
10. St. Louis (61 points)
11. Minnesota (59 points)
12. Los Angeles (59 points)
13. Nashville (57 points)
14. Phoenix (55 points)
15. Colorado (53 points)

Once again, these are just my predictions. Things can most definitely change between now and Sunday, but one thing is for certain. If the Blues want to have any shot at postseason activity, they MUST win the next three games. They do that, and it would definitely put them in the conversation as contenders for a playoff spot.

Nick Boston
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February 17, 2009 10:39 AM ET | Delete
Of course things will be nice and rosy if the Blues somehow win all four games this week.......although they've yet to accomplish that at any point this season. Unfortuntaly, if you look at March's schedule, there are a few big pot holes coming this way including another trek across Western Canada. I want to see the Blues finish strong but the playoffs are a pipe-dream still.
February 17, 2009 2:59 PM ET | Delete
I was thinking the same thing bud about this week. Hope all goes well. Good Blog!
February 17, 2009 6:51 PM ET | Delete
i think the preds will not them off twice this week so keep on dreaming
February 18, 2009 8:48 PM ET | Delete
Just when you thought they were hungry, they get fed a spoonful from Columbus.
February 21, 2009 1:55 PM ET | Delete
When the Blues win tonight, they move three points out of a playoff spot. This is getting REALLY exciting for Blues fans.
February 22, 2009 1:00 PM ET | Delete
Unfortunately the Blues lost to the Jackets and gave up 3 points to the Predators. By far not the ideal situation.
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