The Chicago Blackhawks qualified for the NHL playoffs this evening with a win over Vancouver. This means that thus starts my playoff beard. I shaved this morning prior to going to church for Easter Sunday.
I do not plan until shaving again until the Hawks are finished in the playoffs. That means until they lose a playoff series or win 16 playoff games and repeat as NHL champs whichever
comes first until then I'm on the road to beard city.
The Blackhawks beat the Canucks 3-2 to bring their record to 44-25-7. This gave them 95 points so far for the season. The Colorado Avalanche, who are currently the 9th place team in the Westertn Conference do not have enough points to overtake the Hawks even if they (the Avalanche) were to win their remains 7 games. This means that the Blackhawks will compete in the playoffs.
The Hawks still have 6 regular season games remaining before the playoffs begin. If the playoffs began today they would play the St. Louis Blues in the opening round. They are 2-2 against the Blues this season with 1 regular season matchup against them in April remaining on the schedule.