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Blackhawks await Sunday's outcomes

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It all comes down to this, the final day of the regular season.

Who will be the Blackhawks' first-round opponent in the playoffs? Will it be the St. Louis Blues, who host the Red Wings in the morning, or the Colorado Avalanche, which takes on Anaheim later Sunday?

The bottom line is it's advantage Colorado because the Avs hold the first tiebreaker.

Thanks to the folks at, here's all you need to know about the playoff scenario in the Central Division:

If the Blues lose to the Red Wings, the Avs capture the division title before even taking the ice in Anaheim. If St. Louis gets a victory, Colorado would need to win later in the day. If both the Avs and the Blues win -- or lose -- Colorado takes the division via the tiebreaker.

Got it? Good.

So, it's conceivable that by about 2 p.m. the Blackhawks already might know their opening-round opponent.

Or not.

Regardless of whether it ends up being St. Louis or Colorado, though, the Hawks are just eager to get it on.

"There's no preference," coach Joel Quenneville told reporters before Saturday's season finale. "Lets play."

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