The Chicago Blackhawks will open the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the team's ninth consecutive appearance in the postseason, against the Nashville Predators in a best-of-seven First Round series. A complete schedule will be announced by the National Hockey League on Sunday.
The Blackhawks finished the 2016-17 regular season with a 50-23-9 record (109 points) and earned the top seed in the NHL's Western Conference. It also marks the 16th division championship in franchise history as the Blackhawks took home the Central Division crown. Chicago has reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs for nine consecutive seasons and currently holds the second-longest active postseason appearance streak (Pittsburgh, 11). The Blackhawks are the only team to post seven 100-point seasons since 2008-09.
Chicago recorded a 4-1-0 record against the Predators during the 2016-17 regular season. This marks the third Stanley Cup Playoff matchup between Chicago and the Predators; the Blackhawks won the most recent series in the 2015 Western Conference First Round, 4-2. In 2010, Chicago topped Nashville in the Western Conference Quarterfinals, 4-2.