The St. Louis Blues are headed to the Stanley Cup Playoffs once again.
Because they secured a point in a 4-3 overtime loss against the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday night at T-Mobile and got a little help from the Colorado Avalanche, who beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2, the Blues are guaranteed to compete again for the most coveted trophy in sports.
This will mark the Blues' 44th appearance in the postseason and their eighth appearance in the last nine seasons.
"We're in the playoffs, it's something guys worked hard for," Blues captain Ryan O'Reilly said. "It hasn't been easy, but it's exciting. We've got to keep going."
St. Louis has missed out on the playoffs just nine times in the 53 seasons since the team's inception in 1967-68.
The Blues have secured the final playoff position in the West Division and will open the first round on the road later this month against either the Vegas Golden Knights, Colorado Avalanche or Minnesota Wild. Due to the division re-shuffling for the 2020-21 season, the first two rounds of the playoffs will have teams pitted against division rivals.
A start date for the Stanley Cup Playoffs has not yet been set, but a first-round schedule will be published at stlouisblues.com as soon as it becomes available.