The Blackhawks' so-called magic number to clinch a playoff spot in the Western Conference stayed at 3 points Thursday night when Dallas beat Colorado 4-2.
That's assuming the Stars win their last two games against Colorado and Minnesota.
The Hawks close the season with two games against Detroit – Friday night at Jou Louis Arena and Sunday afternoon at the United Center.
The Hawks are approaching the weekend as if they need to win both games against the Red Wings.
Friday night could shed some light on the crazy West race. In addition to the Hawks playing Detroit at the Joe, Dallas plays at Colorado, San Jose at Phoenix, Los Angeles at Anaheim and Columbus at Nashville.
The Hawks need their power play to get untracked. It's 0-for-11 in the last three games and 1-for-17 in the last five.
“One of the things we have to do to be successful is driving to the net,” Marian Hossa said. “We tried to play too much outside.”
Maybe seeing Detroit will help. The Hawks are 6-for-15 on the power play in four games against the Red Wings this season.