In the end, it didn't even matter.
The Hawks scratched starting goaltender Corey Crawford, captain Jonathan Toews and two-time Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith, allowing more rest before the first round beings, likely Wednesday. Scott Darling got the start and Mike Paliotta made his NHL debut.
Jarome Iginla scored the winner with 32.9 second left as the Colorado Avalanche handed the Chicago Blackhawks their fourth straight loss with a 3-2 decision Saturday night at Pepsi Center.
Iginla finished the game with two goals while Cody McLeod also scored for the Avs (29-31-12), who finished their season with three straight wins but still finished in the Central Division cellar.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 28 shots in the win.
Patrick Sharp and Brandon Saad lit the lamp for the Hawks (48-28-6). Scott Darling posted 21 saves in his first start since April 4. Paliotta's assist on Sharp's goal was his first career point.
The Hawks now begin preparing for the Predators. Chicago went 3-1-0 against the Predators this season, but one win came in overtime and another in a shootout . They haven't faced each other since Dec. 29.
The Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule will be released Sunday.