The Chicago Blackhawks have only 10 games remaining on their regular-season schedule.
After clinching a playoff berth by defeating the Nashville Predators Sunday night, the Blackhawks have the choice to coast through the final 10 games and gear up for the postseason. But with home-ice advantage still up in the air, the 'Hawks are unlikely to do that or even consider sitting any of their star players.
They need five more points in order to win the Central Division—which would include home-ice advantage for at least the first two rounds of the playoffs.
All 10 games will be important in determining who the Blackhawks play in the first round—they will even include previews of potential first-round matchups.
This shortened 48-game season is close to being over, but the Blackhawks still have to be aggressive down the stretch. Lazy and inconsistent play is bound to pop up within their games; it's important they overcome that and end the season on a high note.
These are the three most important games left on the Blackhawks' schedule: