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Vancouver would get a major boost if Daniel Sedin is able to play from the get-go. Sedin, out since March 21 because of a concussion, practiced with his teammates on Monday but then didn’t on Tuesday. He instead chose to skate after practice was over, and then didn’t speak to reporters.

“It’s a unique injury, and he will continue the protocol,” Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said Tuesday. “When he’s ready to play, he’ll address you. Until that time, he won’t talk to you.”

The St. Louis Blues are hoping to make plenty of noise to cap off their stunning season.

After a 6-7 start led to the firing of coach Davis Payne, the Blues took off under veteran bench boss Ken Hitchcock, went 43-15-11 the rest of the way, and flirted with No. 1 status until the season’s final days.

St. Louis won the Central Division, claimed the No. 2 seed that came with it, and will face off with the disappointing San Jose Sharks in the first round.

Like the Capitals, the Sharks have had many unfulfilled playoff seasons when so much was expected with little payoff. San Jose is another team that had to claw just to get in, but now that the Sharks have made it, perhaps their experience will finally pay off.

The Blues did their damage in a tough division that includes perennial powerhouse Detroit, and the ever-improving Nashville Predators. The Red Wings will take on the Predators in a 4 vs. 5 series, and will be hard-pressed to advance. Nashville is a threat to make a run because of No. 1 goalie Pekka Rinne.

Although the Red Wings amassed 100 points for the 12th straight season, the perception is they have had a down year.

“It seems like a normal season for us,” captain Nicklas Lidstrom said. “We had a real streak going with home wins, but we didn’t play as well on the road as we would like.

“We’re in a strong division, having Nashville and St. Louis that are two teams ahead of us.”

The remaining Western series pits No. 6 Chicago, another Central Division club, against the Phoenix Coyotes, who won a division title for the first time since relocating from Winnipeg in 1996. The Coyotes haven’t won a playoff series since their move to the desert.