The Blackhawks lost to the surprisingly ornery Minnesota Wild in a shootout Sunday night in their regular-season home finale, but the point they earned with the tie in regulation was just about right.

With but a few games to go for all teams, the Hawks are sitting fairly pretty as the sixth seed in the NHL’s Western Conference. Since the NHL seats the three division winners atop each conference in the Stanley Cup playoff seedings, that means the Hawks are lined up to play the relatively weak winner of the Pacific Division, currently the Los Angeles Kings, whose 91 points would have them seeded below the Hawks’ 98 otherwise. From there, they’d most likely advance to play the Blues in a classic matchup between Saint Louis coach Ken Hitchcock’s defensive system and the Hawks’ offensive firepower. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.