Blackhawks won’t know playoff opponent until Sunday; Regular season highlight montage

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Regular season highlight montage:

By Chris Kuc

Patrick Sharp planned to relax and watch the final round of the Masters on Sunday, but the prestigious golf tournament won’t have the Blackhawks winger’s full attention.

The Hawks will learn their opponent in the first round of the playoffs with both the Blues and Avalanche in action on the final day of the regular season. Those teams are at the top of the Central Division and the squad that finishes second will have home-ice advantage over the Hawks in a seven-game series that will likely begin Thursday night.

“I’ll probably watch the Masters on the main channel but I’ll have those two games on my phone or I’ll check into them every once in a while to see the scores,” Sharp said before the Hawks’ 7-5 loss to the Predators on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena. “If you start looking at standings and choosing and hoping for a team that you might see in the first round, that’s when you can get yourself in trouble. We have a tough matchup whether it’s St. Louis or Colorado. Either way, we’re going to have to play our best.”

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