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Next seven games could be vital for Hawks

How the Chicago Blackhawks fare in their final seven games of the regular season may just determine whether they win another Stanley Cup.

Eighteen of the last 20 Stanley Cup champions have finished at .500 or better in their last 10 games of the regular season. Only twice -- the 2001-02 Detroit Red Wings and the 1992-93 Montreal Canadiens -- teams stumbled into the playoffs and came out on top in the end.

The Blackhawks are amidst their final 10 games of the regular season. They’re 1-2-0 in the stretch so far.

Here’s a look at the last 20 Stanley Cup champions and how they finished their final 10 regular-season games:

2012-13 – Blackhawks, 7-2-1

2011-12 – Los Angeles Kings, 5-2-3

2010-11 – Boston Bruins, 6-3-1

2009-10 – Blackhawks, 6-3-1

2008-09 – Pittsburgh Penguins, 7-2-1

2007-08 – Red Wings, 7-2-1

2006-07 – Anaheim Ducks, 5-3-2

2005-06 – Carolina Hurricanes, 5-3-2

2003-04 – Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-4-0-1

2002-03 – New Jersey Devils, 5-0-4-1

2001-02 – Red Wings, 1-3-4-2

2000-01 – Colorado Avalanche, 6-3-1-0

1999-00 – Devils, 5-5-0-0

1998-99 – Dallas Stars, 6-4-0

1997-98 – Red Wings, 6-4-0

1996-97 – Red Wings, 4-3-3

1995-96 – Avalanche, 6-4-0

1994-95 – Devils, 5-4-1

1993-94 – New York Rangers, 7-2-1

1992-93 – Canadiens, 4-6-0