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A sweet song

St. Louis goalie Chris Mason has the Blues looking for their first playoff berth in three season. Chris Mason #50 of the St. Louis Blues waits for a faceoff in his game against the New York Islanders on October 11, 2008 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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St. Louis goalie Chris Mason has the Blues looking for their first playoff berth in three season. Chris Mason #50 of the St. Louis Blues waits for a faceoff in his game against the New York Islanders on October 11, 2008 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Are we witnessing the start of a new St. Louis streak?

The Blues made the playoffs every year from 1979-80 through 2003-04. And while none of those berths resulted in so much as a trip to the Cup final, it’s still a stretch worth saluting.

Of course, St. Louis has yet to see springtime hockey in three post-lockout years – a run of futility that appeared destined to endure until the Blues started playing like a team possessed in the second half of the year.

They work hard under coach Andy Murray, get good goaltending from Chris Mason and are being driven by young kids like David Perron, David Backes, Patrick Berglund and T.J. Oshie.

They’ve got a tough end to the season with five of six on the road, but St. Louis sure has the look of a playoff team right now.

THE HOCKEY NEWS POWER RANKINGS
RK.
TEAM
LW
OVERALL
L10
THE SCOOP
1
Carolina Hurricanes
5
42-28-7
7-1-2
Won six straight and beat the Devils twice in that stretch
2
Pittsburgh Penguins
7
41-27-8
7-1-2
Top three point totals on the Pens go 107 (Malkin), 97 (Crosby), 45 (Sykora)
3
Vancouver Canucks
4
41-25-9
7-2-1
Great chance this team will open Round 1 on home ice, where it is very good
4
San Jose Sharks
3
49-15-11
6-3-1
Devin Setoguchi is on fire with five goals and 10 points over his last six games
5
Boston Bruins
10
48-17-10
6-3-1
On the rebound just in time for the playoffs?
6
Detroit Red Wings
1
49-18-9
6-3-1
With 57 points in 75 games, slick defenseman Brian Rafalski has set a new career high
7
New Jersey Devils
2
47-24-4
5-4-1
Are we in for another first round series with Sean Avery on the lip of Martin Brodeur's crease?
8
St. Louis Blues
14
37-30-9
7-2-1
Rookie T.J. Oshie really pitching in with 11 points in his last nine games
9
Nashville Predators
13
38-30-8
5-1-4
Have at least one point in each of their last eight games
10
Washington Capitals
9
46-23-7
6-2-2
Ovie hits 50 goals and 100 points in three of his first four NHL seasons
11
Calgary Flames
12
43-26-6
4-6-0
Todd Bertuzzi is back and more secondary scoring will arrive if Rene Bourque can return from an ankle injury in time for the playoffs
12
Anaheim Ducks
17
38-32-6
7-3-0
Have been hot, but also have two wins apiece against Phoenix and Colorado recently
13
Columbus Blue Jackets
6
39-29-8
6-2-2
Rostislav Klesla is out with an upper-body injury, no surprise considering he hasn't played more than 11 consecutive games this year due to a variety of injuries
14
Philadelphia Flyers
11
41-24-10
5-5-0
Mike Knuble's career-long perseverance and dedication to the game has earned him a Bill Masterton nomination
15
Chicago Blackhawks
15
40-23-11
4-4-2
Jonathan Toews hits 30-goal barrier as a sophomore
16
Ottawa Senators
16
33-32-10
7-3-0
Will the summer be more of a re-tool than rebuild?
17
Florida Panthers
18
37-28-11
3-4-3
Craig Anderson rides back to the rescue, sparking one last playoff push by the Cats
18
Buffalo Sabres
23
37-30-8
4-5-1
Can Ryan Miller's return save the season? Their final seven games will be played over just 11 days
19
New York Rangers
8
39-28-9
5-4-1
Don't have the breathing room to absorb any more of a slip
20
Minnesota Wild
20
36-32-8
4-4-2
Golden oldie Owen Nolan doing his part with three goals and seven points in his last five contests
21
Montreal Canadiens
26
38-27-10
4-3-3
Chris Higgins showing some signs of life lately
22
Edmonton Oilers
19
36-31-9
4-4-2
Staring three straight non-playoff years in the face after going to Game 7 of the '06 final
23
Atlanta Thrashers
21
32-38-6
7-3-0
After enduring a bit of a sophomore jinx, blueliner Tobias Enstrom gets hot with two goals and 12 points over his last nine games
24
Toronto Maple Leafs
22
31-32-13
5-5-0
Justin Pogge gets lit up again; what's this guy's future with the Leafs?
25
Los Angeles Kings
25
31-33-11
3-5-2
Now six seasons and counting without a post-season berth
26
New York Islanders
27
25-41-9
4-4-2
Make it 16 years since the Isles have won a playoff series. Ouch.
27
Phoenix Coyotes
29
31-37-7
3-5-2
Getting some points now that they're out of contention, which could be construed as promise or salt in the wound
28
Tampa Bay Lightning
28
24-35-17
3-3-4
Word is Vincent Lecavalier is being bothered by a wrist injury, but continues to play through it
29
Dallas Stars
24
33-33-9
2-7-1
Season is officially sinking into oblivion
30
Colorado Avalanche
30
31-43-2
2-7-1
Calls starting to trickle in for GM Francois Giguere's head

The Hockey News ranks the teams 1-30 each Monday based on a combination of last week’s play and a squad’s overall outlook.

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