That sure felt and looked like a playoff game Sunday. The Red Wings only hope right now they get an opportunity to see the real thing later this month.

It's getting dicey, no question, as the Red Wings lost 1-0 to the St. Louis Blues.

The Blues (21-14-2, 44 points) moved past the Red Wings (19-15-5, 43 points) into the seventh seed in the Western Conference.

The Red Wings own the eighth and final playoff seed in the West — with several teams close behind, looking to deprive the Red Wings of a 22nd consecutive postseason appearance.

"We all know what is at stake here," said defenseman Niklas Kronwall, after Sunday's narrow loss. "We have to do a better job. We didn't do enough."

The only offense from either team was a playoff-like goal. Blues forward Chris Porter scored at 16 minutes, 28 seconds of the second period during a goal-mouth scramble.

Porter jammed a loose puck laying near the crease through the legs of goalie Jimmy Howard for his second goal of the season.

"Just a scrum in front of our net — that's playoff hockey, that's what it's all about," coach Mike Babcock said.

Blues goalie Brian Elliott, who has been struggling all season, stopped 28 shots for his first shutout of the season.

Howard was only asked to stop 25 shots, as neither team could generate much offense in the defensive struggle.

"Both goaltenders were good but I didn't think both goalies had to be great," Babcock said. "There wasn't hardly any (scoring) chances.

"It was a real good game, I enjoyed it. Our guys competed hard. They're (the Blues) a good team, well organized. Our guys played hard."