2012 NHL Playoffs, Coyotes Vs. Blackhawks Game 1: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 11: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks centers the puck past Keith Yandle #3 of the Phoenix Coyotes during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on February 11, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Blackhawks 3-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Blackhawks and Coyotes meet in Game 1 of their first round series on Thursday night.

The Chicago Blackhawks open up their 2012 Stanley Cup playoff run on Thursday night in Phoenix, and Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith should prove a tough challenge for a potent Chicago offense.

Related: 2012 NHL Playoffs, Blackhawks Vs. Coyotes: Will Goalie Mike Smith Give Phoenix The Decisive Edge?

In four regular season meetings, Phoenix beat Chicago three times, shutting out the Blackhawks once. Chicago finished the regular season fifth in the NHL in goals scored per game, and with a defense that has been shaky at times this season, it may be that the offense is what the team will have to rely on for a series win against Phoenix, and any further success in the postseason.

Game Date & Time: Thursday, April 12, 9:00 p.m. CT

TV: CSN-Chicago, NBC Sports Network

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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