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Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford stretches to make a save against Maple Leafs right wing William Nylander during the first period of Wednesday's game in Toronto. Chicago won 5-4. 

The Blackhawks creeped closer to a potential postseason berth Wednesday when they held off the Maple Leafs in Toronto.

None of the teams ahead of them in the Western Conference wild-card race were in action Wednesday, so the Hawks are now four points behind the Coyotes for a playoff spot.

Here is a breakdown of the Blackhawks' postseason pursuit.


The top two teams make the playoffs.

1. Stars: 77 points, 69 games played

2. Coyotes: 75 points, 70 games played

3. Wild: 74 points, 70 games played

4. Avalanche: 72 points, 70 games played

5. Blackhawks: 71 points, 70 games played

6. Oilers: 69 points, 70 games played

7. Canucks: 67 points, 70 games played

8. Ducks: 65 points, 71 games played

9. Kings: 58 points, 69 games played

Next five games

Saturday at Canadiens, 6 p.m., WGN

Monday vs. Canucks, 7:30 p.m., NBCSCH

March 21 vs. Flyers, 7:30 p.m., WGN

March 23 at Colorado, 2 p.m., NBCSCH

March 24 vs. Colorado, 7 p.m., NBCSN

Odds to make playoffs

3.4 percent according to hockey-reference.com.

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