St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock wants any advantage his team can get as it heads into the playoffs.
Goalie Brian Elliott and rookie Jaden Schwartz did their part for the cause Saturday night.
Elliott made 22 saves and Schwartz had his first two-goal game to help the Blues capture fourth place in the Western Conference and earn home-ice advantage for the first-round of the playoffs by defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1.
''I think home ice, that we got tonight, is going to be something that down the line is really necessary,'' Hitchcock said. ''It might be the little advantage we're looking for that helps us along the line.''
The Blues won 12 of their last 15 games.
After searching all season for a solution in the nets, the Blues settled on Elliott for the stretch run, and he delivered. Elliott allowed just 16 goals in April on 305 shots (.948 save percentage). He led the league in April with 11 wins and a 1.28 goals-against average.