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Coyotes announce 2017-18 TV broadcast schedule

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A new era of Arizona Coyotes hockey will commence on Oct. 5 against the Ducks in Anaheim, and the Coyotes and Fox Sports Arizona announced that 55 games will be televised on Fox Sports Arizona and 26 will air on Fox Sports Arizona Plus.

The two channels will combine to broadcast 41 home games at Gila River Arena in Glendale and 40 road games.

Additionally, fans can listen to every game on 98.7 F.M., Arizona’s Sports station, or ESPN 620 AM. 

When the puck drops on the 2017-18 season, the first without Shane Doan, Bob Heethuis will begin his 18th season as a member of the Coyotes’ radio broadcast team and his 11th as the team’s play-by-play announcer.

In addition, Luke Lapinski will enter his eighth season as the radio pregame, intermission report and postgame host.

First-year captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson will get the privilege of hosting the newest NHL franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights, in the Coyotes’ home opener on Oct. 7 at 6 p.m.

Three days later, the Coyotes travel to T-Mobile Arena in the “Sin City” to open up their road slate. That game will be televised nationally on NBC Sports Network at 7 p.m., Arizona time and will mark the only time the Coyotes will share the national spotlight.

Arizona will square off with Vegas five times. Highlights at home include the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 21 and Feb. 12, the Pittsburgh Penguins on Dec. 16, the Washington Capitals on Dec. 22, the return of Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 28 and the New York Rangers on Jan. 6.

The Coyotes end the season against the same team they started with, the Ducks, on April 7 at home.

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