The Blackhawks' recognition continues to grow in Chicago after winning their third Stanley Cup in six years, and the NHL is taking full advantage of their success.
The defending Stanley Cup champions are slated to appear on national television (NBC and NBCSN) a league-high 21 times during the 2015-16 regular season, topping last year by one game, the NBC Sports Group announced Monday.
The national TV schedule is subject to change over the course of the season, but as of now, 12 of the 21 contests are exclusively for NBC and NBCSN while the other nine will be carried locally on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
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The Blackhawks will appear in eight Wednesday Night Rivalry contests on NBCSN, including a pair of games against their 2010 Stanley Cup Final opponent Philadelphia Flyers, division rival St. Louis Blues, and one against their longtime rival Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.
The Minnesota Wild will host the Blackhawks — who are appearing in their fourth outdoor game — at TCF Bank Stadium on Feb. 21, which will be televised on NBC and is tentatively scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. puck drop.
The Blackhawks will open the season and raise their championship banner on NBCSN against the New York Rangers on Oct. 7.