The Blues just need to play their game tonight. Up the intensity and get ready for the playoffs. Who the opponent will be is out of their control. I'd prefer SJ over LA but the Blues have to be ready to play whichever one it ends up being. Just worry about getting the game back in order tonight though.
They couldn't score last night, at home, with a 108 seconds of 5 on 3. They've had several chances to score this game so far, but have not been able to take advantage of it. I really think in the tighter playoff play they'll have to win all theit games 1-0 and 2-1. That's a lot of pressure. They have tried recently to remedy that by having ALL the defencemen (even Jackman and Polak) pinching in and also driving on net. But that has backfired with Colaiacovo getting caught several times. Interesting that Jackman has been deep in the offensive zone MANY times in recent games, and that never has caused a problem. And, yet, the much more mobile Colaiacovo caused several goals and other good scoring chances by getting caught and not getting back in time, or getting back relatively quickly, but not reading the play correctly and going to the wrong place.
I suspect that all this pinching by Jackman and Colaiacovo (IF he plays) will be curtailed in the playoffs, and even Polak mightbe a lot more conservative, with only Pietrangelo, Shattenkirk and Russell driving in on net.
So, how will The Blues be able to score enough? Their tightening up their defence has led to a few breakouts and some chances. But they haven't been able to capitalise. The history of The Blues this season is that they need to get bushels of shots on goal to score their meagre 2.5 goals per game. That average was built up mainly when they were getting 30+ shots per game. Lately, they've gotten around 20 per game (which might be what happens in the tighter-played playoffs). How will they score much getting only 20 shots per game and not being able to convert very well?
Every game will need to be shutout or near shutout intensity, and hoping to jump on opponent errors and pop one in mainly on odd-man rushes.