While Blackhawks and Stars players said they weren't thinking about their potential No. 3 vs. No. 6 matchup in the postseason, the possibility of the teams meeting in a few weeks did make Friday's game at American Airlines Center more interesting for former teammates Patrick Kane and Adam Burish. If the Western Conference playoffs started today, it would be a first-round matchup.

''You look at standings, especially me, with the history I have in Chicago, I've seen it and kind of smiled about it,'' said Burish, a Stars pest who was a fan favorite when he was with the Hawks. ''But we're trying to first win our [Pacific] division.''

Kane and Burish, who remain close friends, might relish the hoopla that would accompany such a matchup, which on paper would be favorable for the Hawks in several aspects.

''Both teams are pretty young teams,'' Kane said. ''Obviously with Burish being on the side, we know what he brought to us in the playoffs in past years, so he'd probably do the same thing over there. It would be fun to play against him.''

Kane laughed when asked about Burish's decision to throw tough guy Tanner Glass' glove into the stands Wednesday during the Stars' loss to the Winnipeg Jets.