Chicago Blackhawks: Playoffs

Playoff update: Falling Stars

April, 4, 2012
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
Every day between now and Saturday I'll update you on the playoff race as it relates to the Chicago Blackhawks.

After Tuesday's action in the Western Conference there is a clearer picture of who will qualify for the playoffs. The San Jose Sharks' win over Dallas has separated them from the Stars by three points for the No. 8 seed while Phoenix earned a third consecutive shutout, 2-0 over Columbus, to lead the No. 9 seed by four points. Both those teams also closed the gap on the Pacific Division leading Los Angeles Kings. The Kings have the No. 3 seed thanks to a tiebreaker with Phoenix while the Sharks are one point behind them both.

If the playoffs started today the No. 6-seeded Hawks would face the Kings in the first round, a team they lost three of four from this season. They were shutout twice by Los Angeles as well.

Nashville's 2-1 shootout win over Minnesota on Tuesday vaulted them over Detroit for the No. 4 seed. They lead the Hawks by two points, the Wings are ahead of Chicago by one.

Wednesday's action in the NHL includes a match-up in St. Louis between the Red Wings and Blues. Detroit has played one fewer game than the Hawks and Predators.

Playoff update: L.A. looms as difficult foe

April, 3, 2012
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
Every day between now and the end of the regular season on Saturday I'll update you on the playoff race as it pertains to the Blackhawks.

Monday was a light day in the NHL but that doesn't mean the Western Conference race wasn't affected. When the Los Angeles Kings beat the Edmonton Oilers, 2-0, it opened up a two-point lead for them in the Pacific Division.

As the No. 3 seed, the Kings would face the No. 6 seeded Hawks if the playoffs began today. The Hawks beat the Kings in their first matchup of the season, but Los Angeles won the next three. The Hawks and Kings are both idle on Tuesday but there is plenty of action that will affect the standings.

The Nashville Predators, who play in Minnesota, are tied with the Hawks with 98 points. Even if Nashville fails to gain a point they'll still be ahead of the Hawks because of tie-breakers.

Phoenix is two points behind the Kings and host Columbus on Tuesday while San Jose faces off in Dallas, both those teams are chasing the Kings and Coyotes.

Round 3 schedule set

May, 14, 2010
As previously announced, the series will begin Sunday at San Jose’s HP Pavilion (2 p.m. CT). Game 2 will take place Tuesday, May 18 (9 p.m.) in San Jose.
The Hawks return to the United Center for the series’ third and fourth games, scheduled on May 21(7 p.m.) and May 23 (2 p.m.), respectively.

If necessary, Game 5 will take place in San Jose on Tuesday, May 25 (8 p.m.), while the series’ sixth game will be held on May 27 (7 p.m.) in Chicago.
A possible Game 7 is slated for May 29 (7 p.m.) in San Jose.



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GoalsP. Kane 16
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