Blackhawks 2017 playoff picture: March 18
Here's a look at the Blackhawks' playoff chances heading into Saturday's games.
The Chicago Blackhawks have 12 games left in the regular-season and are fighting for a playoff berth. Each day until the end of the regular-season, we'll breakdown their chances at a spot and seeding in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Anaheim fell 2-1 at home to Buffalo while Calgary continued to stay hot with a 3-1 win over visiting Dallas. The Flames are sandwiched between Anaheim (85 points) and Edmonton (83 points) in the Pacific Division standings.
Western Conference Playoff Race— Damian Echevarrieta (@Ech28) March 18, 2017
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Eastern Conference Playoff Race— Damian Echevarrieta (@Ech28) March 18, 2017
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Saturday's scoreboard watch
Minnesota hosts the New York Rangers in a game between two teams that are in playoff contention. The Wild trail Chicago by three points for the Central Division lead while the Rangers are five points back of Columbus for a top-three spot in the Metropolitan Division, but they hold a 14-point lead over Toronto for the top wild-card spot.
Nashville visits Carolina in a game, on paper, that should be an easy win. The Predators are in third place in the Central Division with 81 points. St. Louis is right on their tail (pun intended) just two points back. The Blues visit Arizona. Speaking of wild-card teams, Edmonton hosts Vancouver. The Oilers hold down the top wild card spot. The Ducks look to gain ground on first-place San Jose (91 points) in a late-night California showdown.
Blackhawks' remaining schedule
Saturday, March 18: at Toronto
Sunday, March 19: Colorado
Tuesday, March 21: Vancouver
Thursday, March 23: Dallas
Saturday, March 25: at Florida
Monday, March 27: at Tampa
Wednesday, March 29: at Pittsburgh
Friday, March 31: Columbus
Sunday, April 2: Boston
Tuesday, April 4: at Colorado
Thursday, April 6: at Anaheim
Saturday, April 8: at Los Angeles