2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Postseason Begins Wednesday; Blackhawks The No. 6 Seed In The West

The Chicago Blackhawks finished up the regular season with a shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings, but they were not able to improve their seeding. They finished in sixth place in the Western Conference, and they'll face the No. 3 seed Phoenix Coyotes in the first round. The Coyotes finished the regular season with fewer points than Chicago but earned a higher seed by virtue of winning their division.

Related: NHL Playoffs Schedule And Bracket 2012: Blackhawks To Face Coyotes In Round One

Here's the Western Conference playoff picture:

No. 1 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 8 Los Angeles Kings

No. 2 St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks

No. 3 Phoenix Coyotes vs. No. 6 Chicago Blackhawks

No. 4 Nashville Predators vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings

The Blackhawks will open up their playoff run on Thursday.

For more on the playoffs, stick with SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of the Blackhawks, visit Second City Hockey. For more news, notes and analysis around the league head over to SB Nation's NHL news hub.

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