The Chicago Blackhawks have clinched the 16th division championship in franchise history as well as the best record in the Western Conference with a Minnesota Wild loss today to the Nashville Predators.
The Central Division championship is Chicago's first since 2012-13. The division title, along with clinching the best record in the Western Conference, ensures the Blackhawks home-ice advantage for the first three rounds of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Blackhawks currently have 107 points and a 50-21-7 record with four regular-season games remaining. Chicago will be making its ninth consecutive trip to the postseason, the second-longest active streak in the NHL to Pittsburgh (11 straight).
The Blackhawks return to action tomorrow when they host the Boston Bruins at the United Center at 11:30 a.m. The game can be seen live nationally on NBC, streamed live online with the NBC Sports App, and heard on WGN Radio.