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NBCSN to air Hawks-Ducks on busy Sunday

Saturday, 02.25.2012 / 10:47 PM / Schedule

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NBCSN to air Hawks-Ducks on busy Sunday
After a tour of North America, the Ducks get back to the Honda Center on Sunday -- and their playoff hopes are a lot better than when they left.
After an eight-game tour of North America, the Anaheim Ducks finally get back to the Honda Center on Sunday night -- and their playoff hopes are a lot better than when they left.

The Ducks host the Chicago Blackhawks in one of seven games on Sunday's NHL schedule. Anaheim is back home after wrapping up a 5-1-2 road trip with a 3-2 shootout win on Thursday, a victory that moved the Ducks within four points of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference -- they're now six points behind eighth-place Dallas with a game in hand.

The Hawks will be trying to end a two-game slide that includes a 4-0 loss at Los Angeles on Saturday.

The NBC Sports Network will air the game in the United States, beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

Sunday's action begins with a pair of games at 1 p.m. Pittsburgh, an 8-1 winner against Tampa Bay at home on Saturday, hosts Columbus at the Consol Energy Center. The Lightning move on to New Jersey, where the Devils are coming off a 2-1 loss to Vancouver on Friday night.

At 3 p.m. ET, the Canucks continue their six-game road trip with a stop in Dallas, where the Stars are coming off a 4-1 win against Minnesota on Friday.

Two hours later, Ottawa will try to bounce back from Saturday's 5-3 home loss to Boston when the New York Islanders come to Scotiabank Place. Also at 5 p.m., Florida is back home after Saturday's 3-2 shootout win at Carolina to host Montreal, a 4-1 loser at Washington on Friday.

At 6 p.m. ET, San Jose, a 6-2 loser at Nashville on Saturday, will wrap up its nine-game road trip with a visit to Minnesota.
Quote of the Day

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres