Blackhawks playoff chase: March 27

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

The Blackhawks have six 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 eliminated from playoff contention, Second City Hockey will breakdown their chances at a spot in the playoffs.

Tuesday’s results

The Blackhawks were shut out 1-0 by Darcy Kuemper and the Coyotes in Arizona, who moved into a tie point wise with the Avalanche at 81 points for the second wild card in the Western Conference. Colorado has played one more game.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl both scored hat trick to lead the Oilers to a 8-4 win over the Kings. With the victory, Edmonton tied Chicago at 76 points in as many games.

Sam Steele scored his first career NHL hat trick to carry the Ducks past the Canucks, 5-4. The loss by Vancouver kept them two points back of Chicago.

Arizona’s win led to Anaheim being eliminated from playoff contention for the first time since 2012, and denied the Blues and Golden Knights from clinching a playoff spot.

Wednesday’s scoreboard watch

Do the Stars play? Yes, Dallas visits Calgary.

Do the Avalanche play? Yes, Colorado hosts Vegas. With a win, Vegas can clinch a playoff spot.

If playoffs started Wednesday

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

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 28: at Sharks

March 30: at Kings

April 1: vs. Jets

April 3: vs. Blues

April 5: vs. Stars

April 6: at Predators