BLACKHAWKS CLINCH CENTRAL DIVISION TITLE AND BEST RECORD IN WESTERN CONFERENCE
The Chicago Blackhawks have clinched the 16th division championship in franchise history as well as the best record in the Western Conference with a Minnesota Wild loss today to the Nashville Predators.
The Central Division championship is Chicago’s first since 2012-13. The division title, along with clinching the best record in the Western Conference, ensures the Blackhawks home-ice advantage for the first three rounds of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Blackhawks currently have 107 points and a 50-21-7 record with four regular-season games remaining. Chicago will be making its ninth consecutive trip to the postseason, the second-longest active streak in the NHL to Pittsburgh (11 straight).