Among the NHL's most bitter rivalries, don't overlook the St. Bart Scott Jerseys Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks. And yet, they need each other.
Their cities are about 300 miles apart. Fans can get from Scottrade Center to United Center in le s than six hours. They make that trip by car, bus, train and plane. They make it in force, wearing colors and making themselves known.
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There is no love lost between Blues and Blackhawks fans. There is little between the teams.
Both franchises can lock up berths in the Stanley Cup playoffs by winning on Thursday. Most likely, the Blues and Blackhawks will face each other in the first round.
Thursday, these teams will have a symbiotic relationship: The Blackhawks need to Blues to win.
Which team will hold home-ice advantage? Stay tuned. Quincy Enunwa Jerseys
Also Thursday, the New York Rangers can secure the Metropolitan Division title and a top-two berth in the Eastern Conference.
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Here are the latest playoff scenarios.
Blues (Thursday vs. Calgary Flames): At least one point against the Flames; or, if the Los Angeles Kings lose to the Edmonton Oilers Jonathan Marshall Jerseys in regulation.
Blackhawks (Thursday vs. Vancouver Canucks): Victory; they cannot clinch if they lose in regulation. Or, one point against the Canucks and the Flames and Kings lose, or the Flames and Kings lose in regulation.
Rangers (Thursday vs. Minnesota Wild): Clinch division title with a victory.
First-round matches if the Stanley Cup playoffs were held today. The NHL regular season ends April 11. The playoffs begin April 15. (* - clinched playoff berth; first team listed holds home-ice advantage)
New York Rangers* vs. Boston Bruins (wild card)
Montreal Canadiens* vs Braden Mann Jerseys . Washington Capitals (wild card)
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings (2 vs. 3, Atlantic)
New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (2 vs. 3, Metropolitan)
Outside looking in: Ottawa Senators, Florida Panthers
Anaheim Ducks* vs. Winnipeg Jets (wild card)
Nashville Predators* vs. Minnesota Wild (wild card)
St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks (2 vs. 3, Central)
Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames (2 vs. 3, Pacific)
Outside looking in George Fant Jerseys : Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks