On the final day of the regular season, the Blackhawks were locked into playing the St. Louis Blues in the first round. The Blues will have home-ice advantage.
The Blues-Blackhawks’ series will likely begin in St. Louis on Thursday. The Scottrade Center, the Blues’ arena, is unavailable on Wednesday because of a Miley Cyrus concert.
The Blues (52-23-7, 111 points) finished the regular season as the No. 2 seed in the Central Division after losing to the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. The Blues lost their final six games of the regular season. The Blackhawks (46-21-15, 107 points) finished third in the division. They completed their regular season on Saturday.
The Colorado Avalanche (52-22-7, 111 points) clinched the Central title with the Blues’ loss. Both teams entered Sunday with a chance to win the division. The Avalanche will play their final regular-season game against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.
The Blackhawks had been locked into third place in the Central since Thursday and were awaiting the identity of their first-round opponent. They were anticipating the Avalanche for the last few weeks, but the Avalanche surpassed the Blues for first place on Thursday and remained there.
The Blackhawks went 2-1-2 against the Blues this season. The Blackhawks defeated the Blues 4-2 in Chicago on April 6 and 4-0 in Chicago on March 19. They lost to the Blues 3-2 in St. Louis on Oct. 9, 3-2 in a shootout in Chicago on Oct. 17 and 6-5 in a shootout in St. Louis on Dec. 28.