Hawks look to clinch playoff spot Thursday

Extrapolated out to 82 games, Marian Hossa would be on pace for 38 goal after scoring 40 for Detroit last season. Jason O. Watson/US Presswire

There are always a few odds and ends to pass along.

  • According to the Blackhawks and the NHL, there are several playoff-clinching scenarios. If the Hawks simply win in Columbus on Thursday, they are in the playoffs for the second year in a row. If the Hawks only get a point out of the game, but Calgary loses to the New York Islanders (regulation or overtime) they are in. Finally, no matter what the Hawks do, if the Flames lose in regulation, the Hawks are in.

  • The Hawks have not trailed after the first period in a game since January 30 in Carolina.

  • In their first 72 games, the Hawks have recorded 10 shutouts. That’s tops in the league.

  • Marian Hossa has 22 goals in 47 games this season. Extrapolated out to 82 games, Hossa would be on pace for 38. He scored 40 last season with Detroit.

  • After Tuesday’s game, the Hawks have announced a capacity crowd for 87 consecutive games. They also boast the NHL’s 19 largest (indoor) crowds this season.

  • Hawks prospect Kyle Beach had 52 goals in 68 regular season games playing for Spokane of the WHL.

  • The Hawks regular season finale against the Detroit Red Wings will start at 2 pm on April 11. It’s also Eddie Olczyk heritage day.

  • Another episode of “Blackhawks TV” will air this Sunday, March 28 on WGN-TV after the Hawks and Blue Jackets game. The game begins at 6 pm.

  • Warner Home video just released a six disc set entitled “Blackhawks Greatest Moments and Classic Games.” The discs include games from last year’s playoffs as well as moments going back to the 1961 championship game. The collection is in stores now for $39.92.

  • The four Hawk medalists from the Winter Games will take part in Opening Day ceremonies at U.S. Cellular Field on Monday, April 5.