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NHL Standings 2012: Blackhawks Sit In 6th In Western Conference

The Chicago Blackhawks are in the playoffs. With two games remaining before the end of the regular season, Chicago has 98 points. The 'Hawks won't finish worse than sixth in the conference, which is currently where they sit. The 'Hawks can get as high as fourth place. The current fourth place holder, the rival Detroit Red Wings, have 99 points. The Nashville Predators sit in fifth and also have 98 points.

The rest of the regular season for Chicago looks like this: the opposite back-end of a home-and-home against he Minnesota Wild on Thursday (Chicago lost 5-4 in a shootout on Sunday), followed by a trip to Joe Louis Arena for a meeting against the Detroit Pistons on Saturday. That's it. Then Chicago will be begin its quest for its second Stanley Cup in three seasons.

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