The St. Louis Blues have just 33 games left in the regular season and they better make them count.
The team heads into its first contest Friday night since January 24th. St. Louis fell in overtime to the Pittsburgh Penguins, ending the first half of the season on a two-game losing streak.
Awaiting the club is a surging Los Angeles Kings team. The Kings have won two straight and find themselves back in the playoff race.
There really couldn't be a better opponent than Los Angeles for the Blues to start the second half of this season against.
A home win to start things off would be a huge boost for St. Louis as it approaches the toughest string of games any team in the NHL has seen or will see this year, featuring many road trips and tough opponents.
However, the road trips and matchups aren't the only things standing in the way of a Central Division title for St. Louis. The team must click together and seize every opportunity it has.
Here are four things the St. Louis Blues must do to reach the postseason as Central Division champs for the first time in over a decade.