The Chicago Blackhawks will launch the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the team’s fifth consecutive appearance in the postseason, when they face the Minnesota Wild in the best-of-seven Western Conference Quarterfinals (Series E) beginning with Game 1 at the United Center on Tuesday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. and Game 2 on Friday, May 3 at 8:30 p.m.
Games 3 and 4 will be held at the Xcel Energy Center on Sunday, May 5 at 2:00 p.m. and Tuesday, May 7 at 8:30 p.m. If necessary, the Blackhawks will host Game 5 on Thursday, May 9 (time TBD), the Wild will host Game 6 on Saturday, May 11 (time TBD) and the Blackhawks will host Game 7 on Sunday, May 12 (time TBD). All times listed are Central.
The Blackhawks finished the 2012-13 regular season with the NHL’s best record (36-7-5), marking the first time since 1990-91 that Chicago clinched the Presidents’ Trophy and fourth time in franchise history that the team has finished atop the league standings (1966-67, 1969-70, 1990-91). For the first time since 1992-97, Chicago has reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs for five consecutive seasons.
Chicago posted a 2-0-1 record against eighth-seeded Minnesota during the regular season. This marks the first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff matchup between Chicago and the Wild franchise.
Below is a complete game schedule of Series ‘E’. The Blackhawks Media Relations Department will release updated practice information each day throughout the series.
|Game ||Date ||Time ||Venue ||Local TV ||Local Radio |
|Game 1 ||Tue., April 30 ||7 p.m. ||United Center ||CSN Chicago ||AM 560, wgnradio.com |
|Game 2 ||Fri., May 3 ||8:30 p.m. ||United Center ||CSN Chicago ||720 WGN, wgnradio.com |
|Game 3 ||Sun., May 5 ||2 p.m. ||Xcel Energy Center ||NBC ||AM 560, wgnradio.com |
|Game 4 ||Tue., May 7 ||8:30 p.m. ||Xcel Energy Center ||CSN Chicago ||AM 560, wgnradio.com |
|Game 5 ||Thu., May 9 ||TBD ||United Center ||CSN Chicago ||720 WGN, wgnradio.com |
|Game 6 ||Sat., May 11 ||TBD ||Xcel Energy Center ||TBD ||TBD |
|Game 7 ||Sun., May 12 ||TBD ||United Center ||TBD ||TBD |