T.J. Oshie scored early in the second period and Jaroslav Halak turned aside all 24 shots he faced as the St. Louis Blues ended their season with a 2-0 home triumph over the Nashville Predators on Saturday.
With a win, the Predators would have clinched the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoffs. That honor went to the Anaheim Ducks, who skated to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings later on Saturday.
Nashville's postseason opponent will be determined by the outcome of Sunday's game pitting the Chicago Blackhawks against the Detroit Red Wings. The Predators will be a No. 5 seed (and face the Ducks) should Chicago fall to its Original Six rival, or No. 6 if the Blackhawks are victorious (and face the Red Wings).
Alex Steen netted his 20th goal of the campaign and 100th career with 49 seconds left in the third period for St. Louis (38-33-11), which finished the season with a 23-15-5 mark at the Scottrade Center.
Oshie snapped a scoreless draw at 5:20 of the second period by beating Pekka Rinne from his knees. The tally was Oshie's 12th of the season and second in as many games.
Halak did the rest from there to secure his seventh shutout of the season - including three against the Predators - and 16th career. The 25-year-old netminder stopped five shots in the first period, eight in the second and 11 in the third to improve to 6-1-1 in his career against the Predators.
Rinne finished with 23 saves for Nashville (44-27-11), which fell to 9-2-1 in its last 12 games.