Apr 3, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wingBrandon Saad
(20) battles for the puck with Minnesota Wild centerStephane Veilleux
(19) during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
The top three teams in the Central Division have clenched their playoff tickets and now wait to see what seed they’ll land and which team they’ll face. The Chicago Blackhawks have only four more games before the end of the regular season. Winning their next four while St. Louis loses their last six will tie them for first in the Central Division with 111 points. The Blackhawks currently have a record of 44-19-15 and 103 points which puts them one point behind the second place Colorado Avalanche. The Avs have 6 games remaining with 104 points and a record of 49-21-6. They have more of a chance at catching the Blues in the standings. St. Louis has an impressive record of 52-17-7 with 6 games remaining to defend their lead.
The bottom four teams in the Central Division are in a desperate fight for a Wild Card seed in the Western Conference. The Minnesota Wild have a hold on the first wild card slot with 90 points and 5 games remaining. The Dallas Stars are one point behind the Phoenix Coyotes for the second wild card position with 85 points and 2 games in hand over the Coyotes. The Nashville Predators have 79 points and 5 games to attempt to overtake Phoenix and make it to the playoffs. The Winnipeg Jets have little to work with with only four games left and 8 points to gain to tie the Coyotes for the second Wild Card position in the playoffs. Their playoff hopes, however slim, may die tonight if they don’t gain two points against Toronto.
Which Central Division teams do you think with take the Wild Card seeds for the playoffs?