For the second time in three years, the Blackhawks will square off with the St. Louis Blues in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Dallas Stars clinched the Central Division — and home-ice advantage in the Western Conference — after beating the Nashville Predators on Saturday night, finishing the season with 109 points. The Blues fell to the league-leading Washington Capitals 5-1 to conclude the campaign with 107 points while the Blackhawks finished with 103 points following an overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets in their regular-season finale.
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The Blues, who won three of five meetings against the Blackhawks this season, will host Games 1 and 2.
The last time these two division rivals met in the postseason was 2014, when the Blackhawks overcame a 2-0 series deficit to beat the Blues in four straight games during the conference quarterfinals.
The playoff schedule will be released Sunday.
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The Blackhawks have banned the four fans — who were ejected from Saturday's game against the Washington Capitals for their racist remarks towards Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly — from future home games.
On Monday, a Blackhawks spokesperson released this statement:
We have contacted the select individuals involved in the incident on Saturday to notify them that they are no longer welcome at our home games. Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks also wanted to remind fans that they can alert security at the United Center by texting the following to 69050: UCASSIST <SPACE> followed by the seating section, row and a brief description of the issue.