The Blackhawks have officially been eliminated from postseason contention following Monday's 5-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. It's the third time in the last four seasons they've missed out on the playoffs.
The Blackhawks started the campaign with a 13-7-5 record for 31 points, which was tied for fifth-best in the NHL at the time. But since March 6, they're 9-17-1 and have accumulated only 19 points, which is tied with Columbus and Vancouver for the fewest total over that span.
According to oddsmakers, the Blackhawks' over/under point total before the season was set at 49.5. They're currently at 50 with four games to go.
The Hurricanes, Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning have all secured playoff spots in the Central Division. The No. 4 seed is up for grabs and will come down to the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators.