The Blues play the swing game of their best-of-seven series against the Kings tonight. If they win the game, they will take charge of the series.
If they lose it, the series goes back to square one. Such a challenge defines what sort of players the Blues really have.
Do they have a bunch of good players? Or does this team possess players who are ready to break out and become difference makers?
For instance, goaltender Brian Elliott has played brilliantly in the playoffs. He followed a strong final month with even stronger play during first three postseason games.
If he keeps it up, Elliott will prove he more than a reliable back-up or co-starter. Games like this one give him an opportunity to make a strong statement about his future.
Other Blues will get that opportunity as well. Patrik Berglund is a classic example.
Can he become a really good No. 2 center in the NHL? Is he even a center at all?
Berglund scored 17 goals in 48 games this season, which is notably by Blues standards. But he only dished eight assists, leaving many knowledgeable hockey people wondering if he should permanently relocate to the wing.
For more on this match-up, check out my posting at STLToday.com.