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.
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.