After their second overall finish in the Western Conference last year, expectations were high that the St Louis Blues were at the beginning of a long period of playoff berths and of course, another appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals. I was rather hoping for a dominant regular season showing, that was stress free and full of success. That was silly. Pro hockey is anything but predictable and all kinds of variables get in the way. Injuries is usually a big one and the Blues have seen plenty of that, however goaltending was their big problem. Brian Elliot looked like I was in goal not him at the beginning of the season, Jaro Halak was inconsistent and rookie Jake Allen was doing the best work of the three. For a little while, it seemed that the Blues might miss the playoffs altogether. Fortunately they righted the ship and Elliot (taking over for an injured Halak) stopped playing like me and started playing like he did last year. His recovery was vital to the Blues second half surge. So, the Blues have clinched their playoff spot with a win 3-1 over Colorado at home last night in St. Louis. Furthermore, they did it at the end of momentum building win streak, not at the bottom of tailspin that could mean a one and done situation in the playoffs. Once the playoffs start, anyone can get the Cup (see the Kings last year) and I am happy to say the Blues seem poised to go far.