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.
Arizona stormed back from a 2-0 deficit to force overtime, but ultimately fell 3-2 in a shootout to the Avalanche. The loss for the Coyotes meant the Golden Knights and Blues both clinched playoff spots in the Western Conference.
The Wild held off Vegas, 3-2, to remain four points behind Colorado for the second wild card in the West.
There are now only the two wild-card spots left to be decided in the West. The Blackhawks tragic number has dropped to four.
Saturday’s scoreboard watch
If playoffs started Saturday
Here is a look at the matchups for the first round as they stand entering games Saturday:
(1C) x-Jets vs. (WC1) Stars
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