Blackhawks to meet Blues in 1st round of NHL playoffs

April 14, 2014 5:32:00 AM PDT
The Chicago Blackhawks will launch the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs, the team's sixth consecutive appearance in the postseason, when they face the St. Louis Blues in the best-of-seven first round series beginning with Game 1 at the Scottrade Center on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Game 2 on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Games 3 and 4 will be held at the United Center on Monday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, April 23 at 8:30 p.m. If necessary, the Blues will host Game 5 on Friday, April 25 at 7 p.m., the Blackhawks will host Game 6 on Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m. and the Blues will host Game 7 on Tuesday, April 29 (time TBD). All times listed are Central.

The Blackhawks finished the 2013-14 regular season with a 46-21-15 record (107 points) and earned the third seed in the NHL's Central Division. For the first time since 1992-97, Chicago has reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs for six consecutive seasons.

Chicago posted a 2-1-2 record against St. Louis during the regular season, including wins in each of the last two meetings between the clubs. This marks the 10th Stanley Cup Playoff matchup between Chicago and St. Louis, and the first since the 2002 Western Conference Quarterfinals.

Game 2 and Game 6 will be televised nationally by NBC, while Game 1, 3, 4, 5 and 7 will air locally on CSN Chicago. The First Round can be heard on WGN AM-720 (Game 1 and 4) and 87.7 FM The Game (Game 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7). All seven contests are available on

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