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Blues can clinch third with one point vs. 'Canes

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

RALEIGH, NC - The Blues can lock up third place in the Central Division tonight with just one point in their 6 p.m. CT game against the Carolina Hurricanes (FSMW, KMOX).

The Blues could also clinch third place in the division if the Nashville Predators lose to the Winnipeg Jets. Tonight is Nashville's final regular season game.

If the Blues finish third, they will meet the Minnesota Wild in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs next week.

"We want to clinch that spot and get as high in the standings as we can," said Blues forward Alexander Steen. "It's a big game for us, both tonight and tomorrow."

The Hurricanes had been red hot, going 7-0-2 to end March to make a late run at a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But Carolina has now lost four straight and won't qualify for the postseason.

"They work, they skate, they compete, they play with structure," said Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo. "They're a tough team to play against. They play with a high pace and they'll be a challenge."

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