Chicago Blackhawks: How the Lines and Pairings May Look Come Playoff Time

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Chicago Blackhawks: How the Lines and Pairings May Look Come Playoff Time
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With four games left in the season, the Chicago Blackhawks are on the verge of clinching their fourth straight postseason trip.

Without going into all sorts of tiebreaker scenarios, if they get just one point Saturday against the Nashville Predators they are in. They could have been in either of the last two nights if Phoenix or San Jose lost, but both teams won.

Currently the Hawks are holding down the sixth seed in the Western Conference. However, with games against Nashville Saturday, and the season finale against the Red Wings, there is still a chance to move up the standings.

Nashville is currently in fourth with 98 points, and Detroit is in fifth with 97 points. Chicago has 95 points and holds a seven-point lead over the Stars and Coyotes, who are tied for seventh.

If the season ended today, the Hawks would face the L.A. Kings, which, in my opinion, is a very bad matchup for the Hawks.

Coach Joel Quenneville likes to juggle his lines during the regular season. This season he has been forced to do so a little more often due to player inconsistency, suspensions and injuries.

Usually come playoff team, he nails down things, so with the playoffs right around the corner, how may the defensive pairings and the forward lines look?

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