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.
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.