Blackhawks playoff picture: April 1

Here's a look at the Blackhawks' playoff chances heading into Wednesday's games.

The Chicago Blackhawks have less than two weeks left in the regular-season and are fighting for a playoff berth. Each day until the end of the regular-season, we'll breakdown their chances at a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Tuesday's results

The Nashville Predators rallied to send a game to overtime, but fell 5-4 to the Vancouver Canucks in a shootout at home. It was a sloppy game by Nashville, including Pekka Rinne giving up two goals in the second and third period four minutes apart. The New York Rangers also defeated the Winnipeg Jets, 3-2.

Wednesday's scoreboard watch

Every team in the Central Division is off except the Colorado Avalanche, who visit the San Jose Sharks.

Central Division Standings

Nashville 77 47 22 9 103
St. Louis 76 46 23 7 99
Chicago 76 46 24 6 98
Minnesota 76 44 25 7 95
Winnipeg 77 39 26 12 90

Wild-card Standings

Minnesota 76 44 25 7 95
Winnipeg 77 39 26 12 90
Los Angeles 76 37 25 14 88
Dallas 77 37 30 10 84

Blackhawks' outlook

Coming off back-to-back wins the Blackhawks are confident and playing sharp. It's the Predators' division to lose, but it remains a three-team race with Chicago, Nashville and St. Louis. The Blackhawks begin a set of back-to-back games with the Canucks and Buffalo Sabers on Thursday and Friday, respectively.

Blackhawks' schedule

Vancouver Thursday Chicago
Buffalo Friday Buffalo
St. Louis Sunday Chicago
Minnesota April 7 Chicago
St. Louis April 9 St. Louis
Colorado April 11 Colorado

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