Blackhawks week ahead: Chicago host 3 games

The Blackhawks cap a three-game homestand with a Central Division matchup against Dallas.

The Chicago Blackhawks have a three-game homestand this week. Chicago hosts the Arizona Coyotes and New York Rangers on Tuesday and Friday, respectively, before a Central Division matchup against the Dallas Stars on Sunday.

Let's take a look at the upcoming week in Blackhawks’ hockey (all times Central):

Monday - Off Day

There are four games on the schedule, highlighted by the Panthers in Boston on NHL Network. Arizona and Columbus will faceoff in a strong matchup featuring plenty of young stars.

IceHogs: Idle

Central Division: Idle

Around the NHL: FLA at BOS, OTT at PITT, BUF at WSH, ARI at CBJ

Tuesday - Coyotes at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)

The Hawks host the Coyotes in the first season matchup against Arizona. Chicago swept the season series last season, with a 5-4 overtime win on the road and 6-2 home victory at home. Jonathan Toews, who is on injured reserve with a back injury, had two goals, including the overtime game-winner and three assists last season against Arizona. Artemi Panarin had five assists while Patrick Kane had two goals and an assist. Trevor van Riemsdyk and Brent Seabrook each had two assists.

IceHogs: Idle

Central Division: MTL at STL, COL at NSH, DET at WPG, CGY at DAL

Around the NHL: EDM at BUF, VAN at NJ, NYR at NYI, FLA at PHI

Wednesday - Off Day

Another four-game slate featuring the Bruins on national television. The Capitals host the Bruins on NBCSN’s “Rivalry Night.”

IceHogs: IceHogs vs. San Antonio (Avs), 7 p.m.

Central Division: MINN at TOR

Around the NHL: BOS at WSH, CAR at ANA, OTT at SJ

Thursday - Off Day

A packed schedule for Thursday without a nationally televised game in the United States. Five Central Division teams are in action with Nashville in Dallas as the only head-to-head divisional matchup. Elsewhere, the Flames visit the Coyotes in what should be an entertaining affair.

IceHogs: Idle

Central Division: COL at BOS, STL at NYI, NYR at WPG, NSH at DAL

Around the NHL: EDM at PHI, NJ at MTL, VAN at TB, PITT at FLA, CGY at ARI, CAR at LAK

Friday - Rangers vs. Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m. (CSN, NHLN-US)

Is there an announcement on the Hawks retiring Steve Larmer’s No. 28, yet? No? OK, moving on then. The Hawks fell 3-2 to the Rangers in its season opener last season when some renovations were made to the rafters. Chicago got its revenge in February with a 5-3 victory.

IceHogs: IceHogs at Texas (Stars), 7 p.m.

Central Division: STL at NJ, EDM at MINN

Around the NHL: WSH at BUF, CBJ at DET, SJ at ANA

Saturday - Off Day

You’ll never guess which team is on TV, yeah it’s the Bruins... again. Boston host the Maple Leafs on NHL Network. Dallas, who the Hawks play Sunday, play the first half of a road back-to-back in Philadelphia.

IceHogs: IceHogs at Texas (Stars), 7 p.m.

Central Division: DAL at PHI, COL at MTL, NSH at ARI, WPG at CGY

Around the NHL: OTT at LA, TOR at BOS, PITT at TB, VAN at FLA, NYI at CBJ, CAR at SJ

Sunday - Stars at Blackhawks, 6 p.m. (CSN)

Chicago closes out its week by hosting Dallas for the second game of the season series. The Hawks took the first game 4-3 in overtime behind Marian Hossa’s game-winner in Dallas. Scott Darling made 32 saves in his first start of the season against Dallas in that game. Gemel Smith scored twice for Dallas.

IceHogs: Idle

Central Division: STL at MINN, COL at TOR, WPG at EDM

Around the NHL: OTT at ANA, PHI at DET, VAN at WSH, NJ at NYR