NHL Playoffs 2012: Chicago Blackhawks Hope For Fast Start Against Coyotes

The seeds in this particular case may not be very indicative of which team has the edge in this series -- Chicago finished the year with more points, but Phoenix earned the higher seed by virtue of winning its division -- but then again, the Coyotes did win three of four regular season games against the Blackhawks.

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The Phoenix vs. Chicago matchup looks like one that will match strength vs. strength -- the Coyotes are fifth in the NHL in goals against average, while the Blackhawks are fifth in goals scored per game.

The series schedule with television information:

Game 1: 9:00 p.m. CT, Thursday, April 12 (CSN, NBC Sports Network)

Game 2: 9:00 p.m. CT, Saturday, April 14 (CSN, NBC Sports Network)

Game 3: 8:00 p.m. CT, Tuesday, April 17 (CSN, CNBC)

Game 4: 7:00 p.m. CT, Thursday, April 19 (CSN, CNBC)

Game 5: 9:00 p.m. CT, Saturday, April 21 (CSN, NBC Sports Network)

Game 6: TBD, Monday, April 23 (CSN)

Game 7: TBD, Wednesday, April 25 (CSN)

For more on the playoffs, stick with SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of the Blackhawks, visit Second City Hockey. For more news, notes and analysis around the league head over to SB Nation's NHL news hub.

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