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Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20) controls the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The Blackhawks have not lost since Jan. 17, having extended their current win streak to seven after beating the Red Wings 5-2 on Sunday.

That stretch is the Hawks' best since late in the 2016-17 season, and it has them just four points out of a wild-card spot with 26 games to go.

Their victory Sunday helped them keep pace with the Blues, who topped Nashville, and pull them even in points with the Avalanche, who lost to Boston in overtime. The Hawks also gained ground on the Wild, who also lost Sunday.

The Hawks' next five games are all against the Eastern Conference, including another matchup with Detroit.

Here's a breakdown of the Blackhawks' race to the postseason.

Standings

Entering Monday, the Hawks are in fifth place in the Western Conference wild-card race. The top two teams make the playoffs.

1. Blues: 59 points, 54 games played

2. Wild: 59 points, 56 games played

3. Canucks: 57 points, 56 games played

4. Avalanche: 55 points, 55 games played

5. Blackhawks: 55 points, 56 games played

5. Coyotes: 53 points, 55 games played

7. Oilers: 53 points, 55 games played

8. Kings: 51 points, 55 games played

9. Ducks: 51 points, 56 games played

Next five games

Tuesday at Bruins, 6 p.m.

Thursday vs. Devils, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 16: vs. Blue Jackets, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 18: vs. Senators, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 20 at Red Wings, 6:30 p.m.

Odds to make playoffs

14.1 percent, according to hockey-reference.com.

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