The Coyotes this season will star twice on national television as confirmed by NBC Sports' 2019-20 NHL schedule released Tuesday morning.
Both contests, late-season match-ups anticipated to include decisive playoff and position implications, are featured as the second game in NBC Sports Network's exclusive "Wednesday Night Hockey" doubleheader coverage. Each of the Coyotes' two spotlight appearances will come against the cross-desert rival Vegas Golden Knights.
Coyotes 2019-20 National TV Schedule:
- Wednesday, March 18, 2020 vs. Vegas - 7:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at Vegas - 7:30 p.m.
"We are thrilled to showcase our #OwnTheDesert rivalry in front of a national audience for multiple games this season," said Coyotes President & CEO Ahron Cohen. "We take great pride in showing everyone across the country that hockey not only belongs-but thrives-in the desert."
With Coyotes' Majority Owner, Chairman and Governor Alex Meruelo's business investments in Nevada, another element has been added to further intensify the #OwnTheDesert rivalry between the Coyotes and Golden Knights.
Arizona's previous NBC Sports Network appearance, a flashy one at that, resulted in a 6-3 win over the San Jose Sharks on January 16, 2019 at Gila River Arena; the Coyotes putting a clamp on San Jose's seven-game stretch of consecutive victories, the longest active win streak in the league at the time.
The Coyotes are 3-3-3 all-time against Vegas, earning five of a possible eight points against the Golden Knights last year (2-1-1). The two teams are slated to match-up on five occasions this season (Oct. 10 - vs. Vegas, Nov. 29 - at Vegas, Dec. 28 - at Vegas, Mar. 18 - vs. Vegas, Mar. 25 - at Vegas).
Fox Sports Arizona will broadcast the Coyotes' other 80 regular season games featuring coverage from play-by-play announcer Matt McConnell and color commentator Tyson Nash, along with hosts Todd Walsh and Jody Jackson. Fox Sports Arizona's regional television schedule will be released later this month.