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Playoff update: Hawks win and they're in

Every day between now and the end of the regular season I’ll update you on the playoff race as it relates to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Eighty-one games have been played and still nothing has been decided for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Their 4-2 win over Detroit on Friday put them on the brink of securing a playoff seed but it will take the final day of the regular season to determine if they get in.

Dallas beat Colorado 3-2 on Friday to stay within two points of the Hawks, so a Stars win in Minnesota on Sunday coupled with a Hawks regulation loss to the Wings would knock Chicago out of the postseason by virtue of a tiebreaker.

If the Hawks get at least a point in their 11:30 a.m. game Sunday, they are automatically in the playoffs as they will hold a three point edge on the Stars. Dallas plays at 5 p.m. in Minnesota.

If the Hawks lose in regulation, they’ll need a Stars loss in regulation or overtime to keep playing next week when the playoffs begin. After Friday’s action in the Western Conference seven of eight teams have clinched a playoff spot. The last one is up for grabs between Chicago and Dallas. The Hawks can also clinch if they lose but Dallas wins by virtue of a shootout.

The Hawks can still finish as high as the No. 5 seed in the conference.