Blackhawks playoff chase: March 25

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

The Blackhawks have seven regular-season games remaining and are trying to return to the Stanley Cup playoffs after a one-year absence. Each day until the end of the regular-season, Second City Hockey will breakdown their chances at a spot in the playoffs.

Sunday’s results

Almost everything went the Blackhawks’ way for their playoff push. They beat the Avalanche, but did so in overtime so Colorado grabbed a point to increase their season total to 81. And the Canucks (74) and Coyotes (79) were shut out by the Blue Jackets and Islanders, respectively.

Chicago has 76 points and is five points back of Colorado for the second wild card in the Western Conference.

Monday’s scoreboard watch

Do the Stars play? Yes, Dallas visits Central Division-leader Winnipeg.

Do the Wild play? Yes, Minnesota hosts Nashville.

If playoffs started Monday

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

Eastern Conference

(1A) p-Lightning vs. (WC2) Canadiens

(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) Predators vs. (3C) Blues

p-Presidents’ Trophy

x-Clinched playoff spot

Blackhawks’ remaining schedule

March 26: at Coyotes

March 28: at Sharks

March 30: at Kings

April 1: vs. Jets

April 3: vs. Blues

April 5: vs. Stars

April 6: at Predators