Scouting the Playoff Race: St. Louis Blues

Not far behind the Vegas Golden Knights in the playoffs are the St. Louis Blues. What will make the Golden Knights worry about the Show Me State's hockey team?

Los Angeles Kings v St Louis Blues
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1. The Case for the St. Louis Blues

Pavel Buchnevich
St Louis Blues v Boston Bruins / Richard T Gagnon/GettyImages

Sitting at 71 points entering Saturday's game against the Minnesota Wild, the St. Louis Blues are near striking distance from the Vegas Golden Knights. With bright spots such as Pavel Buchnevich (24 goals, 25 assists) and Robert Thomas (21 goals,49 assists), the Blues have the star power to make a run. That's why the Blues have five forwards with more than 20 goals this season.

Also, Jordan Binnington has been decent this season, tied for 12th in the NHL in save percentage (.913) and ranking eighth in shutouts (three). In wins, the goaltender has a GAA of 1.94 and a save percentage of .940. When Binnington is on point, the Blues win.