GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 11: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks centers the puck past Keith Yandle #3 of the Phoenix Coyotes during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on February 11, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Blackhawks 3-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Beating the Blackhawks will be a difficult task for the first-time division champion Coyotes -- even more so with the return of Jonathan Toews.
It doesn't come easy for the Phoenix Coyotes: despite ownership questions, they finally win the Pacific Division for the first time since moving to Phoenix to earn a No. 3 seed. Their reward: a seventh-seeded Chicago Blackhawks squad that won more games and finished with more points than the Coyotes.
No. 7 Chicago Blackhawks at No. 3 Phoenix Coyotes
10 p.m. ET Thursday -- Game 1, Western Conference Quarterfinals | Series tied, 0-0
National TV: NBC Sports Network, TSN | Local TV: CSN Chicago, FS Arizona+
Hawks captain Jonathan Toews, who missed the season's final 22 games with a concussion, is set to return for the series opener at Jobing.com Arena, making the 2010 Stanley Cup Champions a much more intimidating out. That said, the Coyotes won three of the four meetings between the teams this season, including one in overtime.