Blackhawks playoff chase: March 26

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

Monday’s results

The Blackhawks were idle and are five points out of the second wild card in the Western Conference.

The Blues and Predators clinched playoff spots in the West. St. Louis held off the Golden Knights from sealing a playoff spot with 3-1 win. Nashville shut out the Wild in Minnesota.

The Stars also grounded the Jets, 5-2.

Tuesday’s scoreboard watch

Do the Oilers play? Yes, Edmonton hosts the Kings, who have already been eliminated from playoff contention.

Do the Canucks play? Yes, Vancouver hosts Ducks, who are on the verge of being eliminated.

If playoffs started Tuesday

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

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