- Jesse Rogers, ESPN Staff Writer
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Every day between now and the end of the regular season I’ll update you on the playoff race as it pertains to the Blackhawks:
In holding on to beat the Nashville Predators, 5-4, on Saturday night, the Hawks clinched a playoff berth and now can set their sights on home-ice advantage in the first round. They closed the gap on the Predators and are just one point behind them for the No. 4 seed.
By virtue of a tiebreaker, the Hawks remain the No. 6 seed while Detroit is still No.5. The Wings host the Florida Panthers on Sunday having played one less game than Chicago.
If the playoffs began today, the Hawks would take on the Los Angeles Kings, but that matchup is bound to change on a daily basis. The Kings held onto the No. 3 seed by earning a point in an overtime loss to Minnesota, but Phoenix caught them in points (91) with a 4-0 shutout of Anaheim. San Jose is just one point behind both those teams after shutting out Dallas, 3-0, on Saturday.
The Hawks host the Wild on Sunday with a chance to pass Nashville for the No.4 seed. No other Western Conference playoff team besides Detroit is in action on Sunday.