The Blues can clinch the Central Division and one of the top two seeds in the Western Conference with a regulation or overtime win tonight at United Center in Chicago, where they face the Blackhawks for the final time this season.
Chicago has won three of the first five games including both of the first two games played in on their home ice, where the Blues are just 1-5-3 in their last nine games to Chicago.
Goalie Brian Elliott, who has yet to face the Blackhawks this season, will backup Jaroslav Halak. Elliott just passed Glenn Hall’s franchise record of eight shutouts in a season set in 1968-69. Elliott also leads the NHL in goals-against average (1.43) and save percentage (.943).
The Blues look to hold off the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks for the President’s Trophy with just five games remaining on the regular season schedule.