Blackhawks playoff chase: March 28
Here’s a look at Chicago’s playoff chances heading into Thursday’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 officially eliminated from playoff contention, Second City Hockey will breakdown their chances at a playoff spot.
The Blackhawks were idle.
The Avalanche broke a tie for the second wild card in the Western Conference with a 4-3 win over the Golden Knights. The Stars maintained their wild-card lead with a 2-1 win against the West-leading Flames.
Western Conference Playoff Race (Games Ending 3/27/19)#nhlplayoffrace pic.twitter.com/YIkFS8OELD— Damian Echevarrieta (@Ech28) March 28, 2019
Thursday’s scoreboard watch
The Blackhawks visit the Sharks in San Jose.
The Oilers, who are tied with the Blackhawks on 76 points, host the Stars. The Canucks will have to beat the Kings in Vancouver to stay alive in the playoff hunt.
If playoffs started Thursday
Here is a look at the matchups for the first round as they stand entering games Thursday:
(1A) p-Lightning vs. (WC2) Canadiens
(1M) Capitals vs. (WC1) Hurricanes
(2A) x-Bruins vs. (3A) Maple Leafs
(2M) Penguins vs. (3M) Islanders
(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
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