NHL Network Free Preview Week Highlights

New York, NY (March 19, 2010) – NHL Network U.S. will broadcast the Phoenix Coyotes vs. Chicago Blackhawks match-up Saturday, March 20 immediately following the conclusion of the Network’s Hockey Night In Canada telecast of the Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m. ET). Both telecasts are available in HD.

The puck will drop in front of a sold-out crowd in Phoenix’s Jobing.com Arena at 9 p.m. ET, as the red-hot Coyotes take aim at the Blackhawks and first overall in the NHL’s Western Conference.

This game is among the highlights of NHL Network’s free preview week in the U.S., running March 20-27. With participating networks of the free preview including Comcast, DIRECTV, Dish Network, Time Warner Cable, Cox and RCN Cable, NHL Network will be available in 60 million homes across the country. Fans are encouraged to check their local listings for details. This free preview is subject to participation cable or satellite providers.

The Chicago Blackhawks are four points away from posting their first consecutive 100-point seasons since 1970-1972. They are currently tied for the most points in the Western Conference, and currently lead the Central Division by 11 points, while closing in on the franchise’s first division title since winning the 1993 Norris Division.

The Phoenix Coyotes defeated the Florida Panthers 4-3 in a shootout on Thursday night to win their 44th game of the season, marking the highest single-season win total in franchise history. The previous franchise record for wins in a season was 43, set when the franchise played as the Winnipeg Jets in 1984-85. Through 71 games this season, the Coyotes have compiled a record of 44-22-5 and are currently on a seven-game winning streak.

U.S. NHL Network Schedule – Highlights For Free Preview Week (March 22-27) SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Monday, March 22 The Battle of Comm Ave., 6 p.m.

Tuesday, March 23 HD Classic: Sid and Alex’s Dueling Hat Tricks, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 24 Penguins-Capitals Pregame Show, 6 p.m.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals (HD), 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 25 Off the Ice: Crosby, Ovechkin, Tavares, 6:30 p.m.

Dallas Stars at San Jose Sharks (HD), 10:30 p.m.

Friday, March 26 50 Years Behind the Mask

Saturday, March 27 Hockey Night in Canada: New Jersey Devils at Montreal Canadiens (HD), 7 p.m.

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