Mar 25, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (middle) celebrates with teammates Patrick Sharp (10) and Andrew Shaw (65) after scoring a goal against the Dallas Stars during the second period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks Clinch A Playoff Spot!

The Chicago Blackhawks need some good news to end this week. The Blackhawks had suffered bad losses to the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators. Despite their recent slide the Blackhawks were still able to punch their ticket to the playoffs.  The Chicago Blackhawks are 42-18-15 with 99 points but needed a victory from the Minnesota Wild over the Phoenix Coyotes to clinch their spot in the Playoffs.

The Wild helped out the Blackhawks by defeating the Phoenix Coyotes 3-1. With the Wild win the Blackhawks will enter the playoffs for 6th consecutive year. The Blackhawks are the 5th Western Conference team to clinich a playoff spot. The St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks, and Colorado Avalanche had already clinched playoffs spots in the Western Conference.

The Blackhawks are currently slated to take on the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the playoffs. The Blackhawks are currenly the higher seed in the Central Division and would have home ice advantage. Both teams are dealing with the loss of superstars. Patrick Kane for the Blackhawks is currently on Long term Injured Reserve for the Blackhawks with a knee injury. While the Avalanche lost Matt Duchene to a knee injury on Saturday. Duchene will have an MRI later this coming week. This is an interesting time of year in the NHL.

The NHL playoffs will begin on April 16th. The Blackhawks will take on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday March 30th at 6:30pm central.

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