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Are we witnessing the start of a new St. Louis streak?

The Blues made the playoffs every year from 1979-80 through 2003-04. And while none of those berths resulted in so much as a trip to the Cup final, it’s still a stretch worth saluting.

Of course, St. Louis has yet to see springtime hockey in three post-lockout years – a run of futility that appeared destined to endure until the Blues started playing like a team possessed in the second half of the year.

They work hard under coach Andy Murray, get good goaltending from Chris Mason and are being driven by young kids like David Perron, David Backes, Patrick Berglund and T.J. Oshie.

They’ve got a tough end to the season with five of six on the road, but St. Louis sure has the look of a playoff team right now.

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TEAM

LW

OVERALL

L10

THE SCOOP

1

5

42-28-7

7-1-2

Won six straight and beat the Devils twice in that stretch

2

7

41-27-8

7-1-2

Top three point totals on the Pens go 107 (Malkin), 97 (Crosby), 45 (Sykora)

3

4

41-25-9

7-2-1

Great chance this team will open Round 1 on home ice, where it is very good

4

3

49-15-11

6-3-1

Devin Setoguchi is on fire with five goals and 10 points over his last six games

5

10

48-17-10

6-3-1

On the rebound just in time for the playoffs?

6

1

49-18-9

6-3-1

With 57 points in 75 games, slick defenseman Brian Rafalski has set a new career high

7

2

47-24-4

5-4-1

Are we in for another first round series with Sean Avery on the lip of Martin Brodeur's crease?

8

14

37-30-9

7-2-1

Rookie T.J. Oshie really pitching in with 11 points in his last nine games

9

13

38-30-8

5-1-4

Have at least one point in each of their last eight games

10

9

46-23-7

6-2-2

Ovie hits 50 goals and 100 points in three of his first four NHL seasons

11

12

43-26-6

4-6-0

Todd Bertuzzi is back and more secondary scoring will arrive if Rene Bourque can return from an ankle injury in time for the playoffs

12

17

38-32-6

7-3-0

Have been hot, but also have two wins apiece against Phoenix and Colorado recently

13

6

39-29-8

6-2-2

Rostislav Klesla is out with an upper-body injury, no surprise considering he hasn't played more than 11 consecutive games this year due to a variety of injuries

14

11

41-24-10

5-5-0

Mike Knuble's career-long perseverance and dedication to the game has earned him a Bill Masterton nomination

15

15

40-23-11

4-4-2

Jonathan Toews hits 30-goal barrier as a sophomore

16

16

33-32-10

7-3-0

Will the summer be more of a re-tool than rebuild?

17

18

37-28-11

3-4-3

Craig Anderson rides back to the rescue, sparking one last playoff push by the Cats

18

23

37-30-8

4-5-1

Can Ryan Miller's return save the season? Their final seven games will be played over just 11 days

19

8

39-28-9

5-4-1

Don't have the breathing room to absorb any more of a slip

20

20

36-32-8

4-4-2

Golden oldie Owen Nolan doing his part with three goals and seven points in his last five contests

21

26

38-27-10

4-3-3

Chris Higgins showing some signs of life lately

22

19

36-31-9

4-4-2

Staring three straight non-playoff years in the face after going to Game 7 of the '06 final

23

21

32-38-6

7-3-0

After enduring a bit of a sophomore jinx, blueliner Tobias Enstrom gets hot with two goals and 12 points over his last nine games

24

22

31-32-13

5-5-0

Justin Pogge gets lit up again; what's this guy's future with the Leafs?

25

25

31-33-11

3-5-2

Now six seasons and counting without a post-season berth

26

27

25-41-9

4-4-2

Make it 16 years since the Isles have won a playoff series. Ouch.

27

29

31-37-7

3-5-2

Getting some points now that they're out of contention, which could be construed as promise or salt in the wound

28

28

24-35-17

3-3-4

Word is Vincent Lecavalier is being bothered by a wrist injury, but continues to play through it

29

24

33-33-9

2-7-1

Season is officially sinking into oblivion

30

30

31-43-2

2-7-1

Calls starting to trickle in for GM Francois Giguere's head

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