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Blackhawks, Penguins can earn playoff spots Sunday

Sunday, 04.07.2013 / 12:25 PM / News

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Blackhawks, Penguins can earn playoff spots Sunday
The first berths in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs could be clinched by the end of Sunday night's action.

The first berths in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs could be clinched by the end of Sunday night's action.

The Chicago Blackhawks, who seemingly made their participation in the postseason a formality when they got off to a 21-0-3 start, will clinch a Western Conference berth if they earn at least a point out of Sunday's home game against the Nashville Predators.

Over in the Eastern Conference, the idle Pittsburgh Penguins can have their ticket punched if the New Jersey Devils lose in any fashion to the Buffalo Sabres.

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I think everyone left it out there. Every game this season, regular season and playoffs, we played as hard as we could. We're not out of the playoffs right now because of lack of effort, and that's all that we can ask of each other.

— Predators defenseman Seth Jones after Nashville was eliminated by Chicago in Game 6 on Saturday