NHL Playoffs

The Phoenix Coyotes  host the Chicago Blackhawks  in the opening game of their NHL playoff series on Friday morning (AEST) looking to continue their dominance of their Western conference rivals. Phoenix has won three of the four meetings between the sides this season and go into the playoffs as one of the competitions form teams, having won their last five matches to clinch the Pacific division title.

The Blackhawks finished only fourth in the tougher Central division but actually won four more games that the Coyotes in the regular season. They are hopefully that captain Jonathan Toews will return to the team for the first time since February.

The San Jose Sharks  are away to the St Louis Blues  in the other Western conference playoff fixture, while the New York Rangers  host the Ottawa Senators  and the Boston Bruins  take on the Washington Capitals  in the East.

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