Morning from St. Louis. Follow me on Twitter at @russostrib for Wild-Blues lineup information between 1:30-1:45 when we see the players and lines in warmups. As I guessed yesterday and in paper, it wouldn't shock me if players like Ryan Suter, Mikko Koivu or Jared Spurgeon don't play. Wild lineup is so deep right now. Looks like Cooke, Carter, Haula, Schroeder and Bergenheim are fighting for one spot if you consider top two lines are set and 5 other forwards are likely locks to play Game 1: Coyle, Nino, Vanek, Brodziak and Fontaine.

Here is today's article on today's game and how it will only partially determine the Wild's first-round opponent. We won't know for sure until 10:30 p.m.

The Wild will either face the Blues, Predators or Ducks in the first round.

From the NHL:


IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS
Entering the final day of the regular season, none of the eight matchups for the First Round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs has been completely settled (opponents and home-ice advantage).
 
Just five of the 16 postseason bracket slots have been locked. Three teams – the Canadiens, Rangers and Lightning – still have four potential opening-round opponents.
 
Two playoff spots (both in the Eastern Conference), the Atlantic Division title and the Western Conference crown also remain up for grabs.
 
In the regular-season trophy races, two players are tied in a historically close Art Ross Trophy race, while two goaltenders are tied in quest of the William M. Jennings Trophy.
 
Today’s clinching scenarios:
 
EASTERN CONFERENCE
 
* The Senators would clinch a playoff berth if they get at least one point against the Flyers OR if the Penguins lose to the Sabres in regulation OR if the Bruins lose to the Lightning in any fashion.
 
* The Senators would clinch the No. 3 seed in the Atlantic Division if they defeat the Flyers in any fashion AND the Red Wings lose to the Hurricanes in regulation.
 
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* The Penguins would clinch a playoff berth if they defeat the Sabres in any fashion OR if they get one point against the Sabres AND either the Senators lose to the Flyers in regulation or the Bruins fail to defeat the Lightning in regulation or overtime OR if the Bruins lose to the Lightning in any fashion.
 
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* The Bruins would clinch a playoff berth if they defeat the Lightning in any fashion AND either the Senators or Penguins lose in regulation. If the Bruins defeat the Lightning in regulation or overtime, they would qualify with either a Senators regulation loss or Penguins loss in any fashion.
 
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* The Canadiens would clinch the Atlantic Division title if they get at least one point against the Maple Leafs OR if the Lightning lose to the Bruins in any fashion.
 
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* The Lightning would clinch the Atlantic Division title if they defeat the Bruins in any fashion AND the Canadiens lose to the Maple Leafs in regulation.
 
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* The Red Wings would clinch the No. 3 seed in the Atlantic Division if they get at least one point against the Hurricanes OR if the Senators lose to the Flyers in any fashion.
 
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* The Rangers, who are locked in as the top seed in both the Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference, will face the No. 2 Wild Card team in the First Round – either the Red Wings, Senators, Penguins or Bruins.
 
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* The Capitals would clinch the No. 2 seed in the Metropolitan Division if they defeat the Rangers in any fashion OR if they get one point against the Rangers AND the Islanders fail to defeat the Blue Jackets in regulation or overtime OR if the Islanders lose to the Blue Jackets in any fashion.
 
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* The Islanders would clinch the No. 2 seed in the Metropolitan Division if they defeat the Blue Jackets in regulation or overtime AND the Capitals lose to the Rangers in any fashion OR if they defeat the Blue Jackets in a shootout AND the Capitals lose to the Rangers in regulation.
 
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WESTERN CONFERENCE
 
* The Ducks would clinch the top seed in the Western Conference if they defeat the Coyotes in regulation or overtime OR if they defeat the Coyotes in a shootout AND the Blues fail to defeat the Wild in regulation or overtime OR if they get one point against the Coyotes AND the Blues lose to the Wild in any fashion OR if the Blues lose to the Wild in regulation.
 
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* The Blues would clinch the top seed in the Western Conference if they defeat the Wild in regulation or overtime AND the Ducks post a shootout win or a loss of any kind against the Coyotes OR if they defeat the Wild in a shootout AND the Ducks lose to the Coyotes in any fashion OR if they get one point against the Wild AND the Ducks lose to the Coyotes in regulation.
 
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* The Predators, who are locked in as the No. 2 seed in the Central Division, will face the No. 3 seed in the division in the First Round – either the Blackhawks or the Wild.
 
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* The Blackhawks would clinch the No. 3 seed in the Central Division if they get at least one point against the Avalanche OR if the Wild lose to the Blues in any fashion.
 
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* The Wild would clinch the No. 3 seed in the Central Division if they defeat the Blues in any fashion AND the Blackhawks lose to the Avalanche in regulation.
 
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* The Canucks would clinch the No. 2 seed in the Pacific Division if they get at least one point against the Oilers OR if the Flames lose to the Jets in any fashion.
 
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* The Flames would clinch the No. 2 seed in the Pacific Division if they defeat the Jets in any fashion AND the Canucks lose to the Oilers in regulation.
 
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* The Jets, who are locked in as the No. 2 Wild Card, will face the Western Conference’s top seed in the First Round – either the Ducks or the Blues.

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