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Blackhawks playoff chase: March 29

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Here’s a look at Chicago’s playoff chances heading into Friday’s games.

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at San Jose Sharks Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

The Blackhawks have five regular-season games remaining and are trying to return to the Stanley Cup playoffs after a one-year absence. Each day until the Blackhawks are officially eliminated from playoff contention, Second City Hockey will breakdown their chances at a playoff spot.

Thursday’s results

Alex DeBrincat scored twice to lead the Blackhawks to a 5-4 win over the Sharks in San Jose. Chicago now has 78 points and is five points back of the Avalanche for the second wild card in the Western Conference.

The Oilers are one point behind Chicago after grabbing a point in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Stars, who strengthen their spot in the first wild card spot. The Canucks avoided elimination with a 3-2 shootout win over the Kings.

Friday’s scoreboard watch

The Avalanche host the Coyotes, while the Wild visit the Golden Knights in Las Vegas.

If playoffs started Friday

Here is a look at the matchups for the first round as they stand entering games Friday:

Eastern Conference

(1A) p-Lightning vs. (WC2) Blue Jackets

(1M) Capitals vs. (WC1) Hurricanes

(2A) x-Bruins vs. (3A) Maple Leafs

(2M) Islanders vs. (3M) Penguins

Western Conference

(1P) x-Flames vs. (WC2) Avalanche

(1C) x-Jets vs. (WC1) Stars

(2P) x-Sharks vs. (3P) Golden Knights

(2C) x-Predators vs. (3C) Blues

p-Presidents’ Trophy

x-Clinched playoff spot

Blackhawks’ remaining schedule

March 30: at Kings

April 1: vs. Jets

April 3: vs. Blues

April 5: vs. Stars

April 6: at Predators