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NHL Playoffs Schedule And Bracket 2012: Blackhawks Face Coyotes In Round 1

The NHL released the official schedule for this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs on Sunday afternoon following the end of the regular season. The Chicago Blackhawks, having landed the sixth seed in the Western Conference, will face off against the third-seeded Phoenix Coyotes in the first round.

Here's the full schedule for the seven possible games:

Game 1: 10:00 p.m. EST, Thursday, April 12

Game 2: 10:00 p.m. EST, Saturday, April 14

Game 3: 9:00 p.m. EST, Tuesday, April 17

Game 4: 8:00 p.m. EST, Thursday, April 19

Game 5: 10:00 p.m. EST, Saturday, April 21

Game 6: TBD, Monday, April 23

Game 7: TBD, Wednesday, April 25

Chicago actually finished the season with a better record than Phoenix, but the Coyotes landed the third seed by winning the Pacific Division. The Coyotes finished the regular season on a five-game winning streak.

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