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How the Blues can win the Central Division on Saturday

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski

ST. LOUIS - It all comes down to Saturday.

Despite ranking last in the League on the morning of Jan. 3, the St. Louis Blues can actually leap ahead of the Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets to claim the Central Division title for the fourth time* in franchise history.

BUT... they will need some help.

Here are the scenarios in which the Blues could win the division:

1. Beat the Canucks

With a win Saturday against Vancouver in any fashion, the Blues would need both Winnipeg and Nashville to lose in any fashion, too.

2. Get one point vs. Vancouver via overtime or a shootout

In this scenario, the Blues could still win the division IF Nashville and Winnipeg both lost in regulation.

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If the Blues lose Saturday in regulation, they will remain in third place in the Central and will begin the Stanley Cup Playoffs on the road.

Only one other team in League history has won their division after sitting in last place overall any time after their 20th game. The only team to previously accomplish this feat was the Washington Capitals in 2007-08 when they won the Southeast Division, edging the second-place Carolina Hurricanes by two points.

The puck drops Saturday at 3 p.m. on FOX Sports Midwest and Y98 FM.

Nashville will host the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday at 7 p.m., while Winnipeg will visit the Arizona Coyotes at 9 p.m. Both games are available for free on NHL.tv.

* The Central Division was first established during a League re-alignment with the 1993-94 season.

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