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Blackhawks week ahead: Western Conference Final rematch

Chicago hits the road for their first Central Division match ups.

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The Chicago Blackhawks host the Anaheim Ducks in a Western Conference Final rematch Monday at the United Center. Chicago also gets its first taste of Central Division action when they visit the Jets on Thursday and the Wild the next night.

Let's take a look at the upcoming week in Blackhawks' hockey:

Monday - Ducks at Blackhawks at 7:30 p.m. (CSN, NHLN-US)

On the heels of shutting out the Lightning, who the Hawks beat in the Stanley Cup Final, they get another playoff rematch against the Ducks. The Hawks won two of the last three games at United Center last spring, including the last two -- 5-4 in double overtime in Game 4 and 5-2 in Game 6.

The other two games on the schedule feature the Flames in Brooklyn against the Islanders and the Coyotes north of the border against the Maple Leafs.

IceHogs: Idle

Central Division: Idle

Tuesday - Divisional Scouting

Nashville is the only Central Division team not in action Tuesday. Both teams the Hawks visit this week -- Jets on Thursday and Wild on Friday -- are at home against Pacific Division teams. Rookie sensation Connor McDavid and the Oilers visit Minnesota, while the Kings make the trek north of the border. In non-Central action, the Canadiens look to stay undefeated in Vancouver, while, on the other end of spectrum, the Blue Jackets seek their second win.

IceHogs: Charlotte Checkers at Rockford

Central Division: Avalanche at Florida, Tampa Bay at St. Louis, Edmonton at Minnesota, Los Angeles at Winnipeg, Anaheim at Dallas

*It's the Bulls season opener, too. If you want to follow the Hawks roommate at the UC head over SBN's Bulls site,

Wednesday - Sid the kid vs. Ovi

So this is happening... again. The Penguins visit the Capitals for NBCSN's Rivalry Night. Three added players to this year's edition of the game that always is broadcasted nationally are Phil Kessel for Pittsburgh and Justin Williams and T.J. Oshie for Washington. In Canada, the Flames visit the Chicago Cougars' owner Craig Anderson and the Senators. Late night hockey action is at the Shark Tank with the Sharks hosting the Predators.

IceHogs: Idle

Steel: Chicago at Muskegon Lumberjacks

Central Division: Nashville at San Jose

Thursday - Blackhawks at Jets at 7 p.m. (CSN)

The Hawks fly north to drop the puck on Central Division play against the Jets. Jonathan Toews always performs well in front of his hometown crowd, so look for a 2 point night from the captain.

If the Canadiens make it through Vancouver with a win McDavid and the Oilers get a shot at handing them their first loss of the season at Rexall Place. A McDavid breakaway against Price might make Sportsnet explode.

IceHogs: Idle

Central Division action: Colorado at Tampa Bay, Anaheim at St. Louis, Vancouver at Dallas

Friday - Blackhawks at Wild at 7 p.m. (CSN)

The Hawks travel back state side to the State of Hockey to face the Wild. With this being a back-to-back, hopefully Scott Darling gets the start so we don't have to hear the Crawford chants from the Minnesota faithful.

The battle for weather nickname supremacy is on with the Hurricanes hosting the Avalanche. Another Habs' win streak watch in Calgary, but surely they will have lost by now, right? The Bruins return to Sunrise, Fla. where they made the most noise during the draft.

IceHogs: Iowa Wild at Rockford

Steel: Chicago at Team USNTDP-18

Central Division action: Colorado at Carolina

Saturday - Halloween

Phil Kessel makes his return to the Air Canada Centre since being traded this offseason. The little brothers of the Central -- Wild and Blues -- face off in St. Louis, while the Battle for Alberta will be in Edmonton. The Predators visit the Staples Center to play the Kings, who the Hawks host Monday.

IceHogs: Idle

Central Division: Nashville at Los Angeles, Winnipeg at Columbus, Minnesota at St. Louis

Sunday - It's November?

Where did October go? There are five games on the schedule to open the new month: SJS-COL, TBL-CAR, WPG-MTL, BUF-NYI and NSH-ANA.

IceHogs: Idle

Central Division: San Jose at Colorado, Winnipeg at Montreal, Nashville at Anaheim