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Blackhawks Officially Eliminated from 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs Contention

Chicago has not qualified for the playoffs in a traditional format since 2017, when they were swept by the Predators in the first round.
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The Chicago Blackhawks will not play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a second straight year after being eliminated from contention Tuesday.

The Nashville Predators' 6-2 win against the Minnesota Wild and the Dallas Stars' 3-2 victory against the New York Islanders on Tuesday officially eliminated Chicago.

The Blackhawks (24-35-11) started the season 1-9-2 before firing Jeremy Colliton as head coach. Chicago elevated AHL coach Derek King to be Colliton's replacement in an interim capacity. Chicago is 23-26-7 under King, who joined the Blackhawks organization as an AHL assistant in 2016.

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Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson has not ruled out King earning the permanent head coach title.

The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Edmonton Oilers in four games in the best-of-5 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers. Chicago then lost to the Vegas Golden Knights in five games in a best-of-7 Western Conference First Round series. The Blackhawks have not made the postseason in a traditional format since 2017, when the Nashville Predators swept them in the first round.

The Hawks traded their 2022 first-round NHL Draft pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets as part of the Seth Jones trade. If Chicago's 2022 first-round pick is one of the top two selections, the Blue Jackets will receive the Blackhawks' 2023 first-round pick. The NHL Draft Lottery will take place on May 16 at 6 PM.