The Chicago Blackhawks will open the their first-round postseason matchup against the Nashville Predators on Thursday night at the United Center. The NHL released the full schedule on Sunday night following the conclusion of the regular season.
Chicago will play Games 1 and 2 at home then head south to Nashville for Games 3 and 4. They’ll alternate the remaining three games if necessary. The series doesn’t start Wednesday when the NHL playoffs begin because the Chicago Bulls are playing at the United Center that night.
CSN Chicago will provide local broadcasts of Games 1 and 3. NBC has Game 2 for a national broadcast that will lead into a new episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Jimmy Fallon (which could lead to chaos with a multiple-overtime game). For radio, WGN AM-720 will be providing coverage of all games.
It’s the third time Chicago and Nashville will meet in the conference quarterfinals. Chicago won the previous two postseason series 4-2 in 2010 and 2015. Both years the Hawks went on to win the Stanley Cup. The Hawks have only dropped one home playoff game to Nashville — Game 1 of the 2010 series.
Chicago won the 2016-17 regular-season series against Nashville, 4-1. The Hawks dropped their season opener, 3-2, to Nashville before rattling off four straight against the Predators.
Here’s the schedule for the 2017 Western Conference quarterfinal series:
Blackhawks-Predators Round 1 schedule
|Game 1||Thursday, April 13||Predators at Blackhawks||7 p.m.||NBCSN, CSN Chicago|
|Game 2||Saturday, April 15||Predators at Blackhawks||7 p.m.||NBC|
|Game 3||Monday, April 17||Blackhawks at Predators||8:30 p.m.||CNBC, CSN Chicago|
|Game 4||Thursday, April 20||Blackhawks at Predators||TBD|
|Game 5 (if necessary)||Saturday, April 22||Predators at Blackhawks||TBD|
|Game 6 (if necessary)||Monday, April 24||Blackhawks at Predators||TBD|
|Game 7 (if necessary)||Wednesday, April 26||Predators at Blackhawks||TBD|