CSN announces its 2016-17 Blackhawks on-air/digital season coverage details


CSN announces its 2016-17 Blackhawks on-air/digital season coverage details

CSN’s 51 regular season game schedule – featuring Hall of Famers Pat Foley & Eddie Olczyk – begins with the 2016-17 ROAD OPENER on Friday, Oct. 14 at Nashville;

First of five pre-season telecasts airs on Wednesday, Sept. 28 vs. Pittsburgh on CSN+;

Plus – Live Pre/Post-Game Shows all season long and comprehensive nightly coverage on ‘SportsNet Central’ highlight 2016-17 Schedule to feature 24/7 reporting from Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers; website to also feature live video of Post-Game Press Conferences, “Blackhawks Pulse” Social Media Center, Daily Player/Coaches Interviews, Game Highlights, plus In-Game Twitter updates from CSN talent and much more!

Chicago, IL (September 21, 2016) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, is once again ready to deliver another thrill-packed season of NHL excitement with 51 live regular season Blackhawks games (25 home, 26 away), along with five pre-season games, in-depth pre/post-game shows, extensive nightly coverage on SportsNet Central and the most thorough 24/7 digital Blackhawks coverage to date on!

The 2016-17 Chicago Blackhawks regular season on Comcast SportsNet gets underway with the ROAD OPENER against the Central Division rival Nashville Predators on Friday, October 14 beginning at 6:30 PM CT with Chevy Blackhawks Pregame Live (featuring hosts Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd, and Jamal Mayers).  Face-off will take place at 7:00 PM featuring the “Hall of Fame” duo of Pat Foley (2014 Hockey Hall of Fame Foster Hewitt Memorial Award winner) and Eddie Olczyk (inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2012) calling the game action LIVE from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN.  Blackhawks Postgame Live presented by immediately follows the game featuring live post-game press conferences, live locker room player interviews, full highlights and complete post-game analysis.  In addition – Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers will make regular on-air appearances throughout the season on Blackhawks Pre/Postgame Live and during home game telecasts.   

In addition to 51 regular season games, Comcast SportsNet will also carry five pre-season telecasts beginning Wednesday, September 28 at 7:30 PM on CSN+, as the Blackhawks host the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins.  In addition, the network will carry pre-season games vs. St. Louis (Sat, Oct. 1 at 7:30 PM at home & Sat, Oct. 8 at 7:00 PM on the road) and Detroit (Sun, Oct. 2 at 5:00 PM on the road & Tue, Oct. 4 at 7:30 PM at home).  IMPORTANT NOTE: The Sept. 28  & Oct. 2 Blackhawks pre-season games will air on CSN+; fans are urged to visit’s channel finder section ( for a complete listing of CSN+ and CSN+HD channel locations.  

Top highlights on this year’s 51-game Comcast SportsNet Blackhawks regular season schedule include 31 games against Western Conference foes, including 16 Central Division match-ups against rivals Dallas (three games, all at home), St. Louis (one game), Nashville (three games), Minnesota (one game), Colorado (three games), and Winnipeg (five games).  Among the key match-ups on this season’s Blackhawks telecast schedule on CSN include a pair of back-to-back NYC road games against Rangers (Dec. 13) & Islanders (Dec. 15), a road battle against Western Conference champion San Jose (Jan. 31), the Blackhawks final battle against Detroit at historic Joe Louis Arena (Mar. 10), north of the border “Original Six” battles against Montreal (Mar. 14) and Toronto (Mar. 18), along with a west coast regular season wrap-up in Anaheim (Apr. 6) and Los Angeles (Apr. 8).  (NOTE: Comcast SportsNet’s complete 2016-17 pre-season & regular season Blackhawks schedule appears at the end of this release).

For the ninth-straight season, Blackhawks play-by-play legend Pat Foley and former Blackhawks star/Chicago hockey icon Eddie Olczyk (handling color analysis) will be the featured announcing tandem all season long.  Also, for his 12th-straight year on CSN, former Blackhawks defenseman Steve Konroyd will be the featured studio analyst on Chevy Blackhawks Pregame Live and Blackhawks Postgame Live presented by, joining studio host Pat Boyle for the fifth-straight season.  In addition, former Blackhawks center/current Blackhawks Community Liaison Jamal Mayers will once again make a number of select appearances throughout the season on both shows.

Every Blackhawks game telecast on Comcast SportsNet this season will be preceded by Chevy Blackhawks Pregame Live, a half-hour pre-game show featuring a breakdown of the evening’s match-up, interviews with coaches and players and a look at the other games around the NHL.  In addition on weeknights, fans can look forward to extensive Blackhawks pre-game discussion on SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado.  SportsTalk Live, hosted by David Kaplan, will also be the place to hear from numerous Blackhawks/NHL experts all season long.

Immediately following every Comcast SportsNet Blackhawks game telecast, viewers can look forward to the most comprehensive post-game wrap-up show on Blackhawks Postgame Live presented by featuring live coverage of head coach Joel Quenneville’s post-game press conferences, along with locker room interviews with Blackhawks players.  Following the majority of Blackhawks Postgame Live presented by airings, viewers can catch GMC SportsNet Central 10:00 & 10:30 PM and/or the midnight edition of SportsNet Central presented by CLR with the most complete recap of the day’s top local and national sports news. 

In addition to the two pre-season telecasts, two regular season Blackhawks games are currently scheduled to be telecast on Comcast SportsNet Plus (see attached schedule).  Comcast SportsNet Plus (CSN+) telecasts are provided to Comcast SportsNet affiliates and distributed to viewers when two live events are scheduled simultaneously.  CSN+ is available in high-definition on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 201 in the Chicago area/South Bend, IN & on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 285 in the Peoria, Springfield, Rockford and Champaign markets, along with being made available in DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, RCN, and WOW! homes among others; viewers are urged to visit’s CHANNEL FINDER for complete channel location details). Comcast Cable and RCN subscribers can also watch all CSN+ games in standard definition on CLTV. 

From a digital/online perspective, Comcast SportsNet’s website,, delivers comprehensive 24/7 Blackhawks coverage all season long, including the following highlights: 

  • Live stream of Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville's post-game press conferences following EVERY home game telecast.
  • Video highlights from every Blackhawks game, including in-game highlights after each period.  Pre-game interviews from morning skates will also be provided, as well as extensive post-game reaction from the locker room and analysis from the “Hawk Ford Blackhawks Postgame Live” team.
  • “Blackhawks Pulse" a one-stop social media and behind-the-scenes destination that reveals the latest real time trending topics, player buzz and expert insight from Twitter and Instagram.  Plus, “Blackhawks Pulse” aggregates all Blackhawks player tweets, along with fan tweets that utilize the hashtag #HawksTalk.
  • “Blackhawks In-Game Live,” – featuring STATS Inc.’s enhanced Game Zone real-time tracking system – is a second screen platform for PCs, tablets and mobile devices that combine state-of-the-art infographics, data visualization of real-time statistics and game info with rich social interactivity tied to CSN Chicago’s live game broadcasts.
  • Push Alerts: CSN Chicago will deliver Blackhawks push notifications for breaking team and player news, “Insider” reports, plus game reminder alerts via CSN Chicago’s SportsTalk app for iOS and Android devices.
  • BlackhawksTalk,’s high-velocity, real-time, comprehensive Blackhawks news and opinion section featuring original commentary, reporting and aggregation. BlackhawksTalk contains interactive content with continually updated insights from the network’s talent.
  • Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers returns for her seventh season on the beat.  Follow her on Twitter @TramyersCSN for the latest team/player news and inside access 24/7.  In addition, fans can follow Eddie Olczyk (@EddieOlczyk) and Jamal Mayers (@jamalmayers) for even more Blackhawks/NHL insider coverage.
  • Blackhawks digital reporter and producer Charlie Roumeliotis  (@CRoumeliotis) enters his second season on the team beat.  Roumeliotis will provide Blackhawks and NHL reports/features on the beat with Myers.  Follow @CSNBlackhawks on Twitter for full team coverage, giveaways, fan photos and game day news straight from the United Center.
  • Pat Boyle and Chris Boden, CSN Chicago’s Blackhawks reporting team will provide pre-game and post-game coverage from the arena, along with digital content contribution and videos for throughout the season.  Follow them on Twitter @CSNBoyle & @CSNBoden.


2016-17 Chicago Blackhawks Schedule



1) Wed, Sept 28          vs. Pittsburgh                     7:30 pm            CSN+

2) Sat, Oct 1               vs. St. Louis                       7:30 pm    

3) Sun, Oct 2              @ Detroit                           5:00 pm            CSN+   

4) Tue, Oct 4              vs. Detroit                          7:30 pm    

5) Sat, Oct 8               @ St. Louis                        7:00 pm    


1) Fri, Oct 14              @ Nashville                        7:00 pm

2) Tue, Oct 18            vs. Philadelphia                  7:30 pm

3) Fri, Oct 21              @ Columbus                      6:00 pm

4) Mon, Oct 24           vs. Calgary                         7:30 pm

5) Sun, Oct 30            vs. Los Angeles                  6:00 pm

6) Tue, Nov 1              vs. Calgary                         7:30 pm

7) Tue, Nov 3              vs. Colorado                       7:30 pm

8) Sun, Nov 6             vs. Dallas                           6:00 pm

9) Fri, Nov 11              vs. Washington                  7:30 pm

10) Tue, Nov 15          @ Winnipeg                       7:00 pm

11) Fri, Nov 18            @ Calgary                          8:00 pm

12) Sat, Nov 19           @ Vancouver                     9:00 pm

13) Mon, Nov 21         @ Edmonton                      8:00 pm

14) Fri, Nov 25            @ Anaheim                        3:00 pm

15) Tue, Nov 29          vs. Florida                          7:30 pm

16) Thu, Dec 1            vs. New Jersey                   7:30 pm

17) Sun, Dec 4            vs. Winnipeg                      6:00 pm

18) Tue, Dec 6            vs. Arizona                         7:30 pm            CSN+ 

19) Fri, Dec 9              vs. New York Rangers        7:30 pm

20) Sun, Dec 11          vs. Dallas                           6:00 pm

21) Tue, Dec 13          @ New York Rangers         6:00 pm

22) Thu, Dec 15          @ New York Islanders        6:00 pm

23) Sat, Dec 17           @ St. Louis                        7:00 pm

24) Tue, Dec 20          vs. Ottawa                         7:30 pm

25) Fri, Dec 23            vs. Colorado                       7:30 pm

26) Tue, Dec 27          vs. Winnipeg                      7:30 pm

27) Thu, Dec 29          @ Nashville                        7:00 pm

28) Thu, Jan 5            vs. Buffalo                          7:30 pm

29) Fri, Jan 6              vs. Carolina                        7:30 pm

30) Fri, Jan 13            @ Washington                   6:00 pm

31) Tue, Jan 17          @ Colorado                        8:00pm

32) Fri, Jan 20            @ Boston                           6:00 pm

33) Tue, Jan 24          vs. Tampa Bay                   7:30 pm

34) Thu, Jan 26          vs. Winnipeg                      7:30 pm

35) Tue, Jan 31          @ San Jose                       9:30 pm

36) Thu, Feb 2            @ Arizona                          8:00 pm

37) Fri, Feb 10            @ Winnipeg                       7:00 pm

38) Tue, Feb 21          @ Minnesota                      7:00 pm

39) Thu, Feb 23          vs. Arizona                         7:30 pm

40) Sat, Mar 4            @ Nashville                        7:00 pm

41) Thu, Mar 9            vs. Anaheim                       7:30 pm

42) Fri, Mar 10            @ Detroit                           6:30 pm

43) Tue, Mar 14          @ Montreal                        6:30 pm

44) Thu, Mar 16          @ Ottawa                          6:30 pm

45) Sat, Mar 18           @ Toronto                         6:00 pm

46) Tue, Mar 21          vs. Vancouver                    7:30 pm            CSN+

47) Thu, Mar 23          vs. Dallas                           7:30 pm

48) Mon, Mar 27         @ Tampa Bay                    6:30 pm

49) Fri, Mar 31            vs. Columbus                     7:30 pm

50) Thu, Apr 6            @ Anaheim                        9:00 pm

51) Sat, Apr 8             @ Los Angeles                   5:00 pm


25 Home, 26 Road regular season games; 5 pre-season

Total: 56 games

All Times Central Time

Schedule Subject to Change

Viewers are also urged to visit for even more extensive information on the 2016-17 Blackhawks, including web exclusive features, “Insider” reports from Tracey Myers (@TramyersCSN), game previews/recaps, video highlights, along with detailed stats, social media interaction and much more.

Five takeaways from Blackhawks' 3-2 loss to Blue Jackets: Looking at the bigger picture

Five takeaways from Blackhawks' 3-2 loss to Blue Jackets: Looking at the bigger picture

Here are five takeaways from the Blackhawks' 3-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Saturday night:

1. Blackhawks squander two leads.

For the 13th time in their past 16 games, the Blackhawks scored the first goal of the game. They had won their previous three instances when doing so, but couldn't seal the deal this time and fell to 5-6-2 in those 13 games.

What strung even more is that the Blackhawks held two one-goal leads and couldn't hang on to either of them. They have the seventh-worst win percentage (.571) when scoring the first goal this season with a 20-10-5 record.

2. Vinnie Hinostroza continues to produce offensively.

If you're trying to look for a rare bright spot on the Blackhawks roster this season, here's one. Hinostroza registered a secondary assist on David Kampf's goal for his fifth point in six games, and was on the ice for 16 shot attempts for and seven against during 5-on-5 play for a team-leading shot attempt differential of plus-9 (also known as Corsi).

For the season, Hinostroza has 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) in 32 games and he's doing so while averaging only 13:27 of ice time. His point-per-game average is up to 0.63, which is tied with Jonathan Toews for third on the team; only Patrick Kane (0.92) and Nick Schmaltz (0.71) are producing at a higher rate.

Hinostroza deserves more minutes, but at the same time his ability to produce on any of the four lines has allowed Joel Quenneville to put him in a bottom six role for balance.

"I like his speed," Quenneville said recently on why Hinostroza has been so effective. "I think with the puck, he's been good with it as well. More strength, on it, managing it, better decisions with it, and good plays off it. He definitely brings you energy and some speed, he can catch people with that quickness."

3. Ryan Hartman's benching.

Hartman was part of the fourth line that contributed to the Blackhawks' first goal of the game, and he was on his way to having a strong one. But that changed quickly after he took an ill-advised penalty in the first period.

Already leading 1-0, the Blackhawks had a 2-on-1 opportunity developing involving Hinostroza and David Kampf but Hartman was whistled for high-sticking at 17:06 behind the play. The Blue Jackets converted on the power play, and that was the end of Hartman's night.

He took only five shifts and finished with a season-low 4:16 of ice time, with Quenneville using it as an opportunity for a teaching moment.

4. Tomas Jurco building confidence back up.

It's been a tough season mentally for Jurco. He started the season with the AHL's Rockford IceHogs after failing to make the team out of camp, and compiled 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) in 36 games. 

It earned him a call-up on Jan. 8, with Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman praising the way he progressed: "He looks like he's totally different, in terms of his composure and ability to make plays. That's why we brought him up here."

The problem? He was a healthy scratch for five straight games and went two weeks without seeing game action with the Blackhawks. Not exactly the best way to keep someone's confidence building. And since then, he's been fighting for a spot in the lineup.

For the last three games, Jurco has been given a shot on the second line with Artem Anisimov and Patrick Kane and he cashed in for his first goal of the season tonight and first since March 27, 2017. It's also the second straight game he's recorded a point.

While he may not be worth much if the Blackhawks were to deal him ahead of Monday's deadline, perhaps a change of scenery to a team that believes in him as a fit will bring out the best of his abilities. The Blackhawks tried and it just hasn't worked out.

5. Blue line observation.

This is more of a big-picture takeaway, but the Blackhawks have gotten only 20 goals from their defensemen this season. The Blue Jackets have gotten a combined 19 from just Seth Jones and Zach Werenski. Last season the Blackhawks had 30 total.

The Blackhawks just haven't gotten the offensive production needed from their back end and it's so important as it helps alleviate some of the pressure off the forwards.

I asked Quenneville about this after Friday's game and here's what he had to say: "Whether you score or not, you need the D to be part of your attack, be it off the rush, in zone. But I think the whole game, the whole league is four-man rush game, five-man attacks, coming at you, night-in, night-out, wave after wave.

"But you need to get your D involved in your support on the attack and you need them on the offensive zone off the point. You need some shooters on the back end that can get them through as well. I think offensive production from the back end in today’s game really enhances your offense and your possession game."

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks hit road to face Blue Jackets

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks hit road to face Blue Jackets

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. One big reunion.

The Blackhawks will square off with the Blue Jackets for the first time since Oct. 7, which was the second game of the season. In that game, they won 5-1 led by Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad, each of whom scored a goal and added an assist.

Of course, that was the first game since the offseason trade that sent Artemi Panarin to Columbus and Saad back to Chicago, along with Anton Forsberg. Artem Anisimov, of course, was part of the original deal that sent Saad to Columbus in 2015, so there are a lot of emotional ties between the two teams.

Forsberg didn't get a chance to face the Blue Jackets in the first meeting, but there's a chance he will this time with it being the second of a back-to-back and Jean-Francois Berube getting the start in Friday's 3-1 win over San Jose.

2. Panarin and Kane bromance.

The emotions of a difficult break-up have probably died down by now, but Panarin and Kane gave us this moment at center ice during pregame warmups in their first game against each other and it hit Chicago right in the feels:

Panarin has spent enough time apart from Kane for people to realize how big of a star he is in his own right, leading the Blue Jackets in all three scoring categories: goals (17), assists (32) and points (49).

He hasn't gone more than three games this season without recording a point, and is looking to extend his point streak to four games, which would tie a season high.

3. Struggling Blue Jackets special teams.

The Blue Jackets got off to a great start but are barely clinging onto a wild card spot going into Saturday's game, and a big reason for that slide is their lack of success on special teams. Usually one can pick up the slack for the other, but they've been brutal in both departments.

The Blue Jackets are 0-for-9 on the power play in their past five games and are ranked 31st overall, converting on only 14.1 percent of their opportunities. They also have own the 27th-ranked penalty kill with a 76.3 percent success rate.

So if there's an area the Blackhawks can exploit, it's that. But, you know, still be mindful of that Russian winger's one-timer from the faceoff circle.