Now that the Blues are in the playoffs, the club and its fans are looking forward to finding out who will be the team’s first-round opponent next week. To stay on top of that will require staying up late Saturday night.

With two regular-season games remaining, the Blues are No. 6 in the Western Conference, but still have a chance to finish as high as No. 4. The club plays host to Calgary tonight before wrapping up against Chicago on Saturday.

But even after the horn sounds at Scottrade Center on Saturday, the dust won’t settle until the final result comes in from the West Coast, where Los Angeles and San Jose are to meet at 9 p.m. (St. Louis time).

So while his club clinched a playoff spot with its 3-1 win Tuesday over Colorado, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock says that the opportunity to play into a higher seed, perhaps even earning home-ice advantage, won’t allow him to make personnel decisions based on gearing up for the postseason.

Therefore any thought of resting tired players is gone, and it also dictates whether the Blues will give goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who is ready to return from his groin injury, a start before the playoffs.

“Highest seed is important,” Hitchcock said. “Nothing against what Los Angeles did (winning the Stanley Cup as the No. 8 seed last season). I think those don’t happen very often. Every team legitimately feels that they can beat the other team that they’re playing. But you could end up with home ice carrying a five or six seed, you never know.

“I think you can also offend the players by not playing to win. You’ve got to be really careful on that.”

The Blues received a big boost from Wednesday’s NHL action. No. 4 LA lost 3-1 to Detroit and No. 5 San Jose fell 2-1 to Phoenix, so the Kings and Sharks remained at 57 points. The Kings are fourth and the Sharks fifth in the Western Conference standings because the Kings have more regulation-overtime wins (24-17).

The Blues, with 56 points, were idle Wednesday. But as a result of that night’s scores, if the Blues can win their two remaining games – knowing that it’s impossible for LA and San Jose to both be victorious Saturday since they play each other — the club will claim the No. 4 seed and have home-ice advantage in the first round. The Blues own the tiebreaker against the Sharks but not the Kings in the event that they finish knotted in points.

“It’s a little more involved right now to see what happens,” Blues goaltender Brian Elliott said. “It’s going to be important just feel good and try to solidify the highest seed we can. When you start resting guys, I don’t know if that’s the best way to go into (the playoffs). I don’t think the last couple Stanley Cup champions have done that. It’s all about going in hot and staying hot.”