Not only will a Blackhawks win on Sunday over Detroit at the United Center clinch a playoff spot, it would push the Hawks to fifth place in the Western Conference and earn them a first-round date with Corey Perry, Teemu Selanne andthe Anaheim Ducks.
The picture in the West became clear on Saturday night after Anaheim beat Los Angeles to clinch the fourth seed and home ice in the first round.
Nashville saw its hope of a fourth-place finish dashed when it lost 2-0 at St. Louis.
Phoenix could have nabbed fourth but lost to San Jose while the Kings missed their shot at fourth by losing to the Ducks.
A Hawks win today would see four teams finish with 99 points, but the Ducks' 43 victories in either regulation or overtime earns them the tiebreaker.
Should the Hawks beat Detroit in regulation or overtime it would give them 39 non-shootout victories pushing them past Nashville (38) and Phoenix (38).
The Hawks lead Dallas by 2 points and have one more victory than the Stars in regulation or overtime. But should the Hawks lose and Dallas win in regulation or OT at Minnesota for its 38th ROW, the Stars own the tiebreaker over Chicago based on most points collected in their four head-to-head meetings.
The Hawks can lose to Detroit and still make the playoffs as the eighth seed if Dallas beats the Wild in a shootout to stay stuck on 37 wins in regulation or OT.
Of course, all the Hawks need to make the playoffs is 1 point out of Sunday's game. That would give them 98 points, a seventh-place finish and a first-round matchup with No. 2 San Jose.
Simple stuff, huh?