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Blackhawks will play Predators, Blues to take on Wild in West

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The Chicago Blackhawks will play the Nashville Predators, and the St. Louis Blues will play the Minnesota Wild in the Western Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The playoffs begin Wednesday; the schedule will be announced Sunday.

St. Louis wrapped up third place in the Central Division on Saturday with a 5-4 shootout win against the Carolina Hurricanes and a 2-1 loss by Nashville to the Winnipeg Jets. Minnesota is second in the Central and will have home-ice advantage against St. Louis.

Video: STL@CAR: Tarasenko snipes top shelf to seal SO win

Nashville is the second wild card in the West, behind the Calgary Flames, by virtue of Calgary having more regulation/overtime wins (41-39). Chicago won the Central Division and is the top seed in the West.

Calgary, as the first wild card, will play the Pacific Division champion, either the Anaheim Ducks or Edmonton Oilers. The San Jose Sharks will finish third in the division. 

The Washington Capitals, the Metropolitan Division champion, will host the second Eastern wild card, either the Toronto Maple Leafs or Boston Bruins.

Toronto clinched the final Eastern playoff berth with a 5-3 win against Pittsburgh and is tied with Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division with one game to play. The third-place finisher will play the Ottawa Senators.

Video: PIT@TOR: Brown roofs perfect deflection late in 3rd

Other series previously determined have the Montreal Canadiens hosting the New York Rangers, and Pittsburgh hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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