Brett Blume

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  Crossing their fingers that they’re not counting their chickens before they hatch, the St. Louis Blues opened ticket sales for the 2013 NHL playoffs Tuesday morning.

Most of the sales will take place on line, but a couple of dozen die-hards who wanted the personal touch lined up at the Ford Box Office at Scottrade Center, which opened at 10 am.

Among the first in line was Nathan Bird of Washington, Missouri, who sized up the Blues chances of landing their first-ever Stanley Cup.

“Just get in like (the L.A. Kings) did last year and you can go all the way, honestly,” he surmised. “For the first time since I’ve been a fan, defensively (the Blues) are so sound. And with the way Elliott’s been playing lately they’re among the best teams in hockey.”

But to win the Cup, the Blues first have to officially land a playoff spot.

It’s something they can do tonight at home against the Colorado Avalanche, the same team that put the Blues post-season hopes on ice Sunday night.

Here’s the playoff situation heading into tonight’s game:

If the Blues win, they’re in.

One point for an overtime loss will still allow the Blues to qualify, if L.A. beats Dallas.

There’s even a scenario where the Blues could clinch tonight even if they lose in regulation to the Avalanche.

The game can be heard on Y-98 FM beginning at 6:30 pm with the Hoffman Bros. Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing Blues Pregame Show featuring Chris Hrabe.

Meanwhile, playoff tickets range from $50 for the mezzanine to $420 if you want to sit just behind the glass.

Tickets to all playoff games can also be purchased by calling (314) 622-BLUE. That’s (314) 622-2583.


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