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Chicago Blackhawks’ Biggest Playoff Threats In Western Conference

By Aaron Goldschmidt
Feb 11, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; General view of the Stanley Cup on display outside Bridgestone Arena as a part of the NHL Centennial Truck Tour prior to the Nashville Predators game against the Florida Panthers.. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 11, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; General view of the Stanley Cup on display outside Bridgestone Arena as a part of the NHL Centennial Truck Tour prior to the Nashville Predators game against the Florida Panthers.. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /
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Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
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As the Chicago Blackhawks near the end of the regular season, the playoffs will bring about a cast of several familiar foes. Based on the current standings, we wanted to explore which playoff teams pose the biggest threat to the Blackhawks.

After Saturday night’s win against the Nashville Predators, the Chicago Blackhawks had set a franchise record by winning eight straight road games. Their ability to win games on the road during the regular season and the playoffs has given them a significant advantage over other clubs and has helped the Blackhawks stay near or at the top of the Western Conference mountain.

But while the Blackhawks have been winning Stanley Cups, other teams in the West have been getting better and waiting for their opportunity to surpass the ’Hawks.

As of right now, four teams from the Central and Pacific divisions would make this season’s playoffs. The only teams currently in line to qualify for the postseason that didn’t make the playoffs last year are the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers. The teams that made it last year that would miss this year are the Los Angeles Kings and the Dallas Stars.

Now let’s rank the current Western Conference playoff teams by who the biggest threat is to the Blackhawks.

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