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The last time the Blues were out of the playoffs ...

Updated: April 14, 2006, 9:52 PM ET
By Joy Russo | ESPN.com

The year was 1979.

It marked the last time the Blues were not in the NHL playoffs. So much has happened since then, so we figured we'd take you down memory lane.

Here's how the world looked all those years ago ...

• Gordie Howe was still playing as a 51-year-old winger with the New England Whalers.

• Wayne Gretzky had not yet begun his NHL career.

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