Blackhawks 2017 playoff picture: March 20
Here's a look at the Blackhawks' playoff positioning heading into Monday's games.
The Chicago Blackhawks have 10 games left in the regular season and are battling for playoff positioning. Each day until the end of the regular season, we'll breakdown their chances at a spot and seeding in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Blackhawks became the first Western Conference team to lock down a playoff spot Sunday with a win over Colorado and Los Angeles’ loss at Calgary. It’s the ninth consecutive season the Hawks will play in the postseason.
Minnesota’s struggles persisted with a failed comeback in Winnipeg resulting in the Wild’s fifth straight loss. The Alberta flip flopping continued as Calgary’s win saw the Flames move back into third place in the Pacific Division while idle Edmonton slid to the first wild-card spot.
Presidents' Trophy Race— Damian Echevarrieta (@Ech28) March 20, 2017
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Western Conference Playoff Race— Damian Echevarrieta (@Ech28) March 20, 2017
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Eastern Conference Playoff Race— Damian Echevarrieta (@Ech28) March 20, 2017
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Monday's scoreboard watch
If the playoffs were to begin Monday, the Hawks would be the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and play the second wild-card team - Nashville.
The Predators host Arizona and looks to move into third place in the Central. Nashville is tied with St. Louis at 81 points, but sits in the second wild-card position. The Blues and Predators have split the season series with St. Louis. Nashville has outscored the Blues 14-7 in four games.
On the Pacific side, San Jose can build its division lead when it visits Dallas. The Sharks hold a four-point lead over idle Anaheim for the top spot, but Calgary (86) and Edmonton (86) are lurking as well. Edmonton looks to duplicate the Flames’ performance Sunday when it hosts the Kings.
Blackhawks' remaining schedule
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