The playoffs are a week away and the Chicago Blackhawks are guaranteed at least one round of playoff hockey.
This season has had its ups and downs, consistencies and inconsistencies, and a fair share of drama concerning suspensions and concussions for the Blackhawks.
But when the playoffs begin, all that will be in the past and the focus will be on obtaining a Stanley Cup.
The Blackhawks have yet find out who they will face in the first round of the playoffs; six different possibilities still exist even with just two games left in the regular season.
Regardless who they play, it will be vital that the Blackhawks have a strategy heading into the matchup. Certain things need to improve or happen in order for the Chicago Blackhawks to make the second round of the playoffs.
These are the five things that must happen to make it past Round 1.