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.
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