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St. Louis Blues First to 100 Points, Eyeing Franchise Record

ST. LOUIS, MO - MARCH 17: Barret Jackman #5 of the St. Louis Blues blocks a shot during an NHL game against the Winnipeg Jets on March 17, 2014 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffMarch 20, 2014

Heading into Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers, the St. Louis Blues are the only NHL team that has crossed the 100-point mark this season.

The Blues jumped from 99 points to 101 with Monday's 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets, beating the Boston Bruins to the 100-point mark by at least four days. The Bruins—currently sitting at 99 points, good for first place in the Eastern Conference—won't have an opportunity to join St. Louis until Friday, when Boston faces a tough Colorado Avalanche team with 93 points of its own.

The stacked Bruins don't make for much of an underdog but given that Friday's game is on the road against a very good team, they may have to wait a bit longer to cross that 100-point threshold, a mark they have hit 20 times in franchise history, including three of the last four non-lockout seasons.

Conversely, the Blues have only reached 100 points in six of their 46 seasons, most recently notching 109 points in 2011-12. The famously mediocre franchise qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs in 25 consecutive seasons from 1979-80 to 2003-04, yet only topped the 100-point mark four times during that span, with nary a Stanley Cup Finals appearance to show for the run.

Thus, with 13 games remaining and 101 points to its name, St. Louis has an excellent shot to capture the franchise record for points in a season, which was set at 114 by a 1999-00 Blues squad that ranks among the most disappointing teams in franchise history.

After winning the President's Trophy for leading the league in regular-season points, the 1999-00 Blues were memorably defeated in seven games by the eighth-seeded San Jose Sharks in the first round of the playoffs.

With this year's Blues likely headed for the President's Trophy and the Western Conference looking rather stacked, it could be the same story 14 years later.

Blues fans need not panic, however, as the team has played well this season against the two leading contenders for that eighth playoff spot, the Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes. The Blues are 2-0-1 against each of those teams, with one game remaining against the division rival Stars on March 29.

Maybe they're due or maybe they're just an excellent hockey team, but either way, the Blues should make it out of the first round in spite of their woeful postseason history.

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