Blackhawks-Ducks Battle for Western Supremacy Highlights Big Weekend on NHL Network-U.S.

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NEW YORK (March 27, 2013) – The last weekend before the NHL’s April 3 Trade Deadline will be filled with exciting match-ups for viewers of NHL Network-U.S. Friday night features a showdown of the Western Conference’s season-long pace-setters when the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Anaheim Ducks. The puck drops at the United Center in Chicago at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Three days of critical clashes with playoff implications begin with the defending champion Los Angeles Kings visiting the St. Louis Blues Thursday night. Then, following Friday night’s battle between the top two teams in the Western Conference standings, the action moves east for a Saturday day/night double-header that sees the Philadelphia Flyers play host to the Boston Bruins in the afternoon before the New York Rangers take on the Canadiens in Montreal in the evening.

The most recent meeting between the Blackhawks and Ducks lived up to expectations. Trailing 2-1 with less than six minutes remaining in regulation, the Ducks scored twice in a 64-second span and then added an empty-netter for a 4-2 victory March 20 in Anaheim. Teemu Selanne netted the 3-2 goal, the 670th of his illustrious career and his 107th
game-winner.

Only two points separate sixth-place Los Angeles and seventh-place St. Louis in the tight Western Conference race. The Kings and Blues, who have identical records (6-4-0) in their last 10 games, will meet for the third and final time at Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. ET in the NHL Network-U.S. “Game of the Week.”

The Network’s team of insiders and analysts also will provide intermission reports that bring viewers up to speed on news and scores from around the League. NHL Tonight, hosted by Kathryn Tappen, will air following the conclusion of the game.

Saturday will feature two Eastern Conference games on the Network broadcast schedule. The first pits Boston against Philadelphia at 1:00 p.m. ET. CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada then brings viewers a classic Original Six match-up, when the New York Rangers meet the Montreal Canadiens at 7:00 p.m. ET live from the Bell Centre.

UPCOMING NHL NETWORK GAMES:

Thursday, March 28 – Los Angeles Kings @ St. Louis Blues (8:00 p.m. ET)
Friday, March 29 – Anaheim Ducks at Chicago Blackhawks (8:30 p.m. ET)
Saturday, March 30 – Boston Bruins at Philadelphia Flyers (1:00 p.m. ET)
and New York Rangers at Montreal Canadiens (7:00 p.m. ET, CBC).

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