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St. Louis needs to virtually win out to claim a playoff spot.

Chicago Blackhawks v St. Louis Blues Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

The Chicago Blackhawks and Central Division rival St. Louis begin a home-and-home series Wednesday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

After winning six consecutive games to climb into the playoff picture, the Blues (43-30-6, 92 points) to have dropped their last three and are only one point behind the Colorado Avalanche (42-29-9, 93 points) for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

The Avs and Blues end their regular season Saturday at Colorado, which could end up deciding what team makes the playoffs. But first the Blues meet the Hawks (32-37-10, 74 points).

If Colorado loses Thursday night at San Jose, St. Louis can afford to split the two games against the Hawks and still get in. But Chicago has a new goal to end their rival’s season.

It’ll be tough task for the Hawks, who have lost both meetings against the Blues this season including a 5-4 overtime loss March 18 in Chicago. And the Hawks enter Wednesday’s game after a 5-0 beat down last Friday at Colorado.

Chicago rookie Alex DeBrincat scored his third career NHL hat trick in the Hawks last outing against St. Louis. DeBrincat is third among NHL rookies with 27 goals this season. He sits one goal behind Denis Savard for fifth in franchise history for goals scored by a rookie.

Hawks coach Joel Quenneville confirmed following the team’s morning skate Tuesday that center Jonathan Toews will miss his sixth straight game Wednesday with an upper-body injury. Quennville added that Toews could be ready for Friday’s home finale against St. Louis.

Chicago also recalled goaltender Jeff Glass from the AHL and assigned goaltender Collin Delia to Rockford. J-F Berube, who will start in net against the Blues, is 0-0-1 in two appearances against St. Louis.

Lineups

Blackhawks

Position Players
Position Players
F1 Brandon Saad - Nick Schmaltz - Patrick Kane
F2 Tomas Jurco - Artem Anisimov - Andreas Martinsen
F3 Alex DeBrincat - Victor Ejdsell - Dylan Sikura
F4 Patrick Sharp - David Kampf - Vinnie Hinostroza
D1 Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook
D2 Erik Gustafsson - Connor Murphy
D3 Blake Hillman - Jordan Oesterle
Goaltender J-F Berube

Jets

Position Players
Position Players
F1 Kyle Connor - Mark Scheifele - Blake Wheeler
F2 Nikolaj Ehlers - Paul Stastny - Patrik Laine
F3 Mathieu Perreault - Andrew Copp - Bryan Little
F4 Brandon Tanev - Adam Lowry - Joel Armia
D1 Josh Morrissey - Tyler Myers
D2 Joe Morrow - Dustin Byfuglien
D3 Ben Chiarot - Tucker Poolman
Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck

*Lines are subject to change.

How to watch Blackhawks at Blues

Start time: 7 p.m. CT

Location: Scottrade Center, St. Louis

TV: NBC Sports Network