Blues look to be playoff-bound

It looks like the St. Louis Blues will get the final Western Conference playoff spot, while the retirement of Mark Messier is a loss for the entire NHL.

Originally Published: April 1, 2004
By Barry Melrose | Special to ESPN.com

Open Ice The St. Louis Blues are fighting for their playoff lives and take on the Detroit Red Wings, the best team in the Western Conference, Thursday night on ESPN2.

St. Louis enters the game tied with the Edmonton Oilers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West, but the Blues hold the tiebreaker by virtue of having more wins, and with three games remaining they look to be safely in the postseason. The Oilers have just one game left on the schedule while ninth-place Nashville is ...

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