SAN JOSE, Calif. – It is headed for this, it was always headed for this. When the Avalanche hosts the St. Louis Blues Saturday, though, instead of Rocky-style themed showdown music, they should just play the “beep, beep, beep” sound of a car backing up.

Somebody will make the playoffs, between the Avalanche and Blues. That much we know. At this point, it can rightly be said that it already seems like it’ll be by default.

The Avs stumble into Saturday’s showdown with the Blues 2-5-1 in their last eight games, after a try-hard-but-fruitless 4-2 loss to a San Jose Sharks team with not much to play for, without a couple of top forwards. The Blues bumble into Chicago on Friday night 0-3-1 in their last four, the last three of which came on home ice.

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Adrian Dater

Adrian Dater has been covering the Avs since their inception. In 2015, he became the lead NHL national columnist with Bleacher Report, where he worked until 2017 before joining BSN Denver.