The Chicago Blackhawks will launch the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs when they face the Nashville Predators in the best-of-seven Western Conference Quarterfinals (Series F) beginning at the United Center on Friday, April 16 at 7:30 P.M. and Sunday, April 18 at 7:30 P.M.
Games 3 and 4 will be held at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Tuesday, April 20 at 8:00 P.M. and Thursday, April 22 at 7:30 P.M. If necessary, the Blackhawks will host Game 5 on Saturday, April 24 at 2:00 P.M., the Predators will host Game 6 on Monday, April 26 at a time to be determined and Chicago will host Game 7 on Wednesday, April 28 at a time to be determined. All times listed are Central.
The Blackhawks are the second seed in the Western Conference, marking the first time in 13 years the club will make consecutive Stanley Cup Playoffs appearances. Chicago finished the regular-season first in the conference with a franchise-record 52 wins (52-22-8) and second with a franchise-record 112 points while capturing the Central Division title, its first division crown in 17 years. The Blackhawks also earned a club-record 23 road wins during the regular-season.
Chicago posted a 4-2-0 record against seventh-seeded Nashville during the regular-season, which includes a 2-1-0 mark at the United Center. The Blackhawks finished the season with a 12-point advantage over the Predators in the Central Division and outscored Nashville, 15-12, during the season series. This marks the first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff matchup between the two franchises.
Below is a complete schedule of Series ‘F’. A complete broadcast schedule will be released shortly.
Game Date Time Venue
Game 1 Friday, April 16 7:30 P.M. United Center
Game 2 Sunday, April 18 7:30 P.M. United Center
Game 3 Tuesday, April 20 8:00 P.M. Bridgestone Arena
Game 4 Thursday, April 22 7:30 P.M. Bridgestone Arena
Game 5* Saturday, April 24 2:00 P.M. United Center
Game 6* Monday, April 26 TBD Bridgestone Arena
Game 7* Wednesday, April 28 TBD United Center