March 20, 2017
Greg Boysen

Not only did last night’s 6-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche clinch the ninth straight playoff berth for the Chicago Blackhawks, but it put them right in the thick of the race for the Presidents’ Trophy for the NHL’s best record.

Most of the focus of late has been on the Central Division race, but now the Blackhawks are seven points ahead of the Minnesota Wild and just one point from being in the top spot in the NHL. 

The Washington Capitals looked like they were going to run away with both the Metropolitan Division and the Presidents’ Trophy, but they have fallen back down to the rest of the league.  In fact, they are now tied with the Columbus Blue Jackets with 100 points and the Pittsburgh Penguins and Blackhawks are right behind them with 99 points.

All three Metro teams have 11 game left on their schedule while the Blackhawks have just 10.  However, the Blackhawks do hold an advantage as they have just four games left with teams currently holding playoff spots.  The Penguins and Blue Jackets play six current playoff teams while the Capitals have seven playoff teams left on their schedule. 

The last time the Blackhawks won the Presidents’ Trophy was in 2013 and we all remember how that season ended!

Presidents' Trophy Race
(Games Ending 3/19)

— Damian Echevarrieta (@Ech28) March 20, 2017

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