Sunday, March 27, 2011
Playoff update: Hawks still control own fate
By Jesse Rogers
Every day between now and the end of the season I’ll update you on the Western Conference playoff race as it relates to the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks are going to have to make the playoffs the hard way.
With a chance to solidify a postseason spot and put some distance between themselves and the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds, they came up short in their 2-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday at the United Center.
The Hawks have 88 points, the Flames, 87, and the Stars, 86.
With their next three games on the road, including back-to-back contests in Detroit and Boston on Monday and Tuesday, the Hawks’ hold on a playoff spot is precarious, but they continue to control their own destiny.
Every team ahead of them and the one directly behind them has played more games, allowing the Hawks to earn some points in the final two weeks while those teams are idle.